This article provides an updated history of the Special 301 process, including its and the annual report. It accompanies my auditorial on the U.S. Trade Representative’s 2012 Special 301 report.
For ease of reading and formatting, this excludes scholarly references, but all content I’ve used to develop the original report and this update is accessible in the Sources section. Works by Susan Sell and Peter Drahos provide particularly helpful historical context.
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) maintains a collection of all the Trade Representative’s Special 301 reports since 1989.