In this issue, the Journal of the World Trade Studies presents five selected articles focusing mainly on developing countries in global trading system. Some of the articles published in this issue were already presented at the International Conference on ‘Enhancing Indonesia’s Competitiveness in Contemporary Trade’ on 3 October 2011. This conference was organized by the Center for World Trade Studies in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture. In addition, the authors of the current issue are not only Indonesian researchers but also researchers from other countries. The contribution of international researchers exhibits the merit of networking under the WTO Chairs Programme.