The WTO at Ten

The Contribution of the Dispute Settlement System

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Bringing together articles by some of the leading policy-makers, including previous WTO Director-Generals, practitioners, scholars of international trade law, government officials, international civil servants, Members of the WTO Appellate Body, and judges from a number of international tribunals, this volume assesses the dispute settlement system during the first ten years of the World Trade Organization. It examines the relationship and balance between political governance and dispute settlement; the functioning of the dispute settlement procedures and various reform proposals; the contribution of the Appellate Body to the development of international trade law; and treaty interpretation in a number of international dispute settlement fora such as the WTO, the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Justice, and the Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The book has its origins in a series of events commemorating the tenth anniversary of the creation of the WTO dispute settlement system and the Appellate Body.



WTO dispute settlement: A brief reality check

The multilateral trading system has the function of regulating international cooperation in the ever-expanding area of trade. The system promotes freer trade and non-discrimination. Consequently, it must be underpinned by good and efficient disciplines as well as strong institutions.


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