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A Handbook on the WTO Dispute Settlement System, 2nd Edition

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The WTO dispute settlement system has become one of the most dynamic, effective and successful international dispute settlement systems in the world over the past twenty years. This second edition of A Handbook on the WTO Dispute Settlement System has been compiled by the dispute settlement lawyers of the WTO Secretariat with a view to providing a practice-oriented account of the system. In addition to describing the existing rules and procedures, this accessibly written handbook explains how those rules and procedures have been interpreted by dispute settlement panels and the Appellate Body, and how they have evolved over time. The handbook provides practical information to help various audiences understand the day-to-day operation of the WTO dispute settlement system.

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Foreword

This Handbook explains the rules and procedures of the WTO dispute settlement system, explores the practices that have arisen in its operation since its entry into force on 1 January 1995 and provides a comprehensive account of the existing jurisprudence concerning dispute settlement procedures. It also includes useful information on the operation of the WTO dispute settlement system to date, including tips about notification procedures, templates of working procedures and timetables, timelines of actual disputes, statistical data, etc. The primary purpose of this Handbook is to explain the WTO dispute settlement system to an interested person who may not necessarily have a legal background. With its detailed content and practice-oriented focus, it may also serve as a useful reference tool to experienced practitioners of WTO law, including not only prospective panelists and private counsel but also government officials from WTO members.

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