Position of MFN Principle in Future Trade Negotiations

  • Hugh Corbet


The first public sign that the United States Administration was giving favourable consideration to the principal recommendations of the Presidential Commission on International Trade and Investment Policy (the Williams Commission)1 was a major policy statement in London by William Eberle, President Nixon’s Special Representative for Trade Negotiations, in the course of which he said:


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    Presidential Commission on International Trade and Investment Policy, United States International Economic Policy in an Interdependent World Williams Report (Washington: US Government Printing Office, 1971), together with two volumes of papers prepared for the Commission.Google Scholar
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    The OEEC negotiations and the origins of EFTA are critically examined in Haruko Fukuda, “First Decade of EFTA’s Realisation”, in Corbet and David Robertson (eds.), Europe’s Free Trade Area Experiment: EFTA and Economic Integration (Oxford and New York: Pergamon Press, 1970).Google Scholar
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    In this connection, see Theodore Geiger, Transatlantic Relations in the Prospect of an Enlarged European Community (London, Washington and Montreal: British-North American Committee, 1971).Google Scholar
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    For a discussion by an experienced trade negotiator, see Randall Hinshow, The European Community and American Trade (New York: Praeger, for Council on Foreign Relations, 1964).Google Scholar
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    The point is discussed more fully in Gerard and Victoria Curzon, “Options After the Kennedy Round”, in Johnson (ed.), New Trade Strategy for the World Economy (London: Allen & Unwin, 1969), pp. 54–56.Google Scholar
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