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The problem of linkage between "non trade" subjects and the World Trade Organization is certainly one of the most pressing and challenging policy puzzles for international economic relations and institutions today. It is extensively and harshly debated by political leaders and diplomats, at both the national and the international levels of discourse, and is one of several issues that derailed the WTO Third Ministerial Conference in Seattle in late 1999. It also posed problems for the Fourth Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar, in November of 2001, and it threatens to derail the successful functions of the WTO itself. With the ambitious topic assigned to them, the five authors, or groups of authors, have labored heroically to address the problem. The task assigned to me and to some others is to comment on these works. Partly because of time and space constraints, I will not try to deal very much with each work individually but will focus on some overall characteristics of these works and of the subject generally.

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96 Am. J. Int'l L. 118-125 (2002)