This Note argues that because a significant portion of services are traded electronically, for example, via cable and satellite, any new agreement must encompass electronically-delivered services. Part I of this Note discusses the dispute in the international community over extending the GATT to cover services. Part II examines the problems posed by modern technology related to the inclusion of services in any multi-lateral agreement. Part III analyzes the inadequacy of existing and proposed GATT frameworks for dealing with the problems posed by electronically-delivered services. This Note concludes that while the existing and proposed GATT frameworks may provide a structure for an agreement liberalizing trade in services, they do not adequately respond to technological advances in the delivery of services.
Robert N.H. Christmas,
The Gatt and Services: Quill and Ink in an Age of Word Processors,
10 Fordham Int'l L.J. 288
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