A text comparison of 450 preferential trade agreements through an interactive roadmap. Since the mid-1990s, the number of preferential trade agreements worldwide has increased. The failure of the Doha Development Agenda (DDP) has helped to renovate a broad-based prospect of deadlock in World Trade Organization (WTO) free trade negotiations. The development of PTA networks is one of the world`s main trade liberalization measures. Japan is no exception to the rule and has increased its EDPs, also known as Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs). However, such political dependence on ATPs on a global scale highlights at least two points. The first is how the role of the WTO can be described in the context of EPZs. Should the WTO, for example, be limited to a simple organization that settles trade disputes? Is it appropriate to abandon the two pillars of WTO trade negotiations, namely the principles of non-discrimination and reciprocity? The second issue concerns the management of relatively new trade plans, such as trade in services, foreign direct investment (FDI) and worker mobility. Taking advantage of the flexibility of the negotiations, the most recent PTAs tend to highlight this relatively new agenda at the same time as trade in goods. However, they are controversial.

Even some policy makers (and individuals) have criticized them for eroding national sovereignty. Trade agreements are more heterogeneous as a group than bilateral investment agreements We propose a new method for predicting the impact of preferential trade agreements (EPAs) on trade and well-being, with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement being considered a case study. Based on a new set of contract text data covering all trade agreements notified to the World Trade Organization, we first establish an indicator that compares existing TTAs with the TPP in terms of text resorhood. [Read more] To provide researchers with easy access to this type of data, UNCTAD has created, as part of a joint project with the Graduate Institute, the University of Ottawa and the European University of St. Petersburg, texts of trade agreements (ToTA), a public repository of HTML-based trade agreements. With multilateral negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) deadlocked, the settlement of international economic governance has shifted to preferential trade agreements (EPA). To facilitate the scientific study of the fast-growing world of PTAs, this article introduces a body of readable, structured, readable and structured complete texts of 448 WTO-signed trade agreements, which are stored in a Github repository – the text of the Corpus Trade Agreements (ToTA).