Case | HBS Case Collection | May 2000 (Revised July 2000)

World Trade Organization, The: After the Seattle Protests

by Louis T. Wells Jr.


Representatives of the World Trade Organization (WTO) met in Seattle to plan the next round of trade negotiations, only to face protestors and fail to reach agreement on an agenda. This case discusses the evolution of the WTO, its rules, and some of the controversy surrounding it.

Keywords: Trade; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Agreements and Arrangements; Failure; Northwestern United States;


Wells, Louis T., Jr. "World Trade Organization, The: After the Seattle Protests." Harvard Business School Case 700-132, May 2000. (Revised July 2000.)