Practical Aspects of Wto Litigation (Hardcover)
Global Trade Law Series Volume-54
The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) entered into force in 1995. Since then, it has spawned an extensive body of jurisprudence, making it a highly complex system to navigate. This book provides the first in-depth practical guide to resolving a dispute at the WTO, edited by an international lawyer, who has on-hands experience in WTO litigation. Contributors of individual chapters include government officials responsible for WTO dispute settlement from developing and developed countries, WTO Secretariat officials, a former member of the Appellate Body, academics specializing in international trade and related fields, and lawyers from major law firms specializing in WTO law.
Contributors explain, in a detailed manner, the numerous procedural steps and practices developed over the past twenty-five years, on:
- preparing for WTO litigation;
- recognizing the importance of WTO consultations;
- presenting a case before a panel;
- panel requests and panels' terms of reference;
- the role and assistance of the WTO Secretariat;
- the panel process;
- rules of evidence;
- confidentiality and transparency;
- additional working procedures for the treatment of confidential information;
- legal remedies to redeem a violation;
- general considerations for appeal;
- determining the reasonable period of time for compliance;
- retaliation proceedings; and
- use of non-WTO international law.
Each contributor identifies the best practices and some of them also suggest potential areas for improvement of the dispute settlement mechanism from their respective points of view.
Lawyers and advisors working on WTO law and stakeholders from the private sector, civil society and academia, interested in WTO litigation, will find in one source a deeply informed description of existing dispute resolution practices (some of them previously undocumented) including the most recent jurisprudence clarifying the scope of many procedural rules.
With its real-life account of WTO dispute settlement procedures and its key insights and advice from WTO insiders, this book constitutes an expert assessment of a cornerstone of the rules-based multilateral trading system and will prove of enormous value to all stakeholders in international trade.