Penn State International Law Review


This Comment discusses the international trade implications of the VRA on Japanese-American automobile trade and the utilization of GATT as a legal instrument for addressing the problem at hand. The comment begins with a basic overview of the development of the import problem and the current status of the VRA. The Comment will then discuss the traditional applications of the Article XIX escape clause provision of GATT, its shortcomings, and potential changes that would increase GATT's effectiveness in dealing with the Japanese import problem and escape clause actions. While other legal commentators have addressed these same issues, changes in the domestic automobile industry since the original imposition of the VRA mandate a reexamination of the situation in light of new developments.