Authors: Rafael Leal-Arcas
Addresses: Queen Mary, University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB, UK
Abstract: This paper analyses the potential of partnerships of the European Union (EU) with two of the so-called BRIC countries, i.e., Brazil and India. The scope of analysis will be the EU vis-a-vis these two countries, using two types of trade liberalisation: bilateralism/regionalism and multilateralism. The paper argues that the EU|s objective of engaging with Brazil and India is to establish peace, security and prosperity in the 21st century. The paper also argues that there remains substantial scope for Brazil and India to make further commitments towards greater liberalisation within the services sectors and within all modes of supply provided in the General Agreement on Trade in Services. It will also be argued that the attitude of Brazil and India to multilateralism and responsibility in global governance is questionable or unclear. Both countries want to become more important players; yet, they seem to lean against |old| powers (mainly the US) and tend to focus on South-South regionalism.
Keywords: Brazil; India; trade policy; agriculture; temporary migration; European Union; EU; trade liberalisation; bilateralism; regionalism; multilateralism; global governance; international trade law; partnerships.
International Journal of Private Law, 2009 Vol.2 No.2, pp.109 - 134
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