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Preface to this Volume
(385 words)

Services have accounted for a substantial part of the total global trade volume for a long time. The tertiary sector of the economy is quite diverse. Some branches are known to be particularly dynamic, for example IT and telecommunications. Others are essential to everyone’s personal life, such as health and social services – or indispensable to the functioning of trade in goods, such as transport and financial services.

One of the most important innovations of the WTO was the introduction of rules for the liberalization of trade in services through the multilat…

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Abel, Patrick, “Preface to this Volume”, in: Commentaries on World Trade Law Online, Peter-Tobias Stoll and Holger Hestermeyer (General Editors); Laura Wanner, Gregory Messenger, Kiliane Huyghebaert, Jin Woo Kim, Markus Wagner, Patrick Abel, Christian Riffel (Volume Editors). Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>

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