“But beyond this lies a more fundamental political objective. The Doha Round is about renewing the affectio societatis – the vows of the original WTO contract. Its two fundamental principles being: one, that contributions to more open trade be made on the basis of a members level of development and, two, that members be bound by a set of international obligations.” Keynote speech at the WTO Public Forum, 2008
Do you agree that this is the objective of the Doha Round or that these are the ‘fundamental’ principles of WTO? My answer is: ‘No, on both counts’.
Lamy’s curious latin tag—’collectio societatis—is apparently a term used in the French ‘Code Civil‘ meaning an active, interested, voluntary collaboration, or perhaps a desire to unify or even more simply a ‘convergence of interests’.
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