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This paper will bring an economist's perspective to bear on three questions raised at this conference by some of the other important contributions:

  1. How are services different from goods;
  2. What implications do these differences have for the rules we seek to negotiate to free trade in services; and
  3. How can we induce the key developing countries, such as Brazil, Egypt and India, which have generally opposed liberalization of trade in services, to support it?

Answers to these questions will naturally bear critically on the narrower question of international trade in professional, and especially legal, services, since recommendations and decisions on a component of the service sector cannot properly be made until the broader perspectives and principles are addressed and understood.


International Law | International Trade Law | Law | Science and Technology Law