Negotiating Trade in Educational Services within the WTO/GATS context

Trade in Educational Services (ES) is affecting the interests of many countries in trade, economics, education and culture resulting in heated debates between government representatives, private sector investors, teacher unions and student associations on how to approach liberalisation of this sector, if at all. What ever the approach, an agreement on GATS/ES should be sufficiently flexible to safeguard the multi-functional nature of education, as well as the different needs of developing countries’ education without falling into the trap of “managed trade” nor succumbing to short-term myopic protectionism.

The authors describe the complexities of the WTO/GATS negotiations on trade in educational services and outline ways on how negotiations of GATS/ES could be successfully completed within the timeframe of the Doha Round.