The role of customs scholarship in capacity building

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Consistency of application, on the other hand, is heavily dependent upon the capacity of an administration and individuals within the administration to effectively apply the particular regulatory provisions. This paper examines the role played by customs scholarship in building the capacity of customs administrations to achieve the objectives of global uniformity envisaged by the relevant international instruments, and in influencing customs decision-making at a global level. Through the use of two examples - scholarly instruction in core customs disciplines, and applied academic research in emerging fields of knowledge, the author concludes that customs scholarship is playing an increasingly significant role in effective capacity building.International trade is becoming increasingly complex due to the highly integrated and interdependent nature of today's international supply chains, supported by increasing levels of cross-border investment. In an environment in which the term 'global marketplace' has become commonplace, the importance of harmonised, simplified and efficient cross-border regulation has never been greater. In this context, national authorities and international bodies such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Customs Organization (WCO) are being challenged by the trading community with its exceedingly high expectations regarding the facilitation of the cross-border movement of goods.In response to these and other pressures, numerous international regulatory frameworks have been developed in the form of conventions, agreements, guidelines and the like, which seek to establish global standards in their particular area of relevance. However, the effective facilitation of trade requires more than just a comprehensive international regulatory framework; it also requires a consistent interpretation of the framework and, ultimately, consistent application.In many but not all cases, signatories to such instruments achieve a reasonably high leve
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies on harmonization of customs law and contributions of the academy for updating and improving the WCO
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherInternational Customs Law Academy (ICLA)
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventWorld Meeting of Customs Law - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 04 Sep 201306 Sep 2013


ConferenceWorld Meeting of Customs Law


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