The WTO Security Exception and Limits of the Rules-Based System

  • Stephan G. Schneider


History shows that international politics is as complex as it can be contentious. Indeed, that is why our globalized world has resorted to the power of law to define the manner in which nation-states interact with each other. However, what does the system do when it is pushed to its boundaries? What happens when the means of predicting behavior is compromised? After sixty years without a questionably bad-faith invocation of Article XXI within the WTO, such stability may see its greatest test, if not its end.