Specificities of WTO dispute settlement in services cases

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This chapter considers the overall record of GATS claims in WTO dispute settlement. Part I examines the GATS-specific rules of the WTO dispute settlement and the role they have (or have not) played to date in the GATS cases heard in the WTO dispute settlement system. Part II catalogues the consultation requests where GATS issues have been raised and the results of those requests and the Panel/Appellate Body decisions on GATS issues and the implementation results. Part III then considers (a) preliminary issues that have arisen or might arise in GATS cases (e.g. the effective date of GATS; how conflicts with other WTO agreements are treated); (b) the consequences of overlapping obligations in GATS and other WTO agreements (e.g. those that arose in Canada – Periodicals and EC – Bananas) and (c) the rules of interpretation that have been applied in GATS cases with specific reference to the interpretation of commitments (Mexico – Telecoms and US – Gambling). GATS provisions on dispute settlement GATS contains several distinct provisions on dispute settlement. The basic provisions on dispute settlement are GATS Articles XXII and XXIII. Article XXII:1 sets out a general consultation provision modelled on GATT Article XXII:1, with the proviso (not in GATT) that the consultations are to be held pursuant to the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU). Specifically, Article XXII:1 provides: Each Member shall accord sympathetic consideration to, and shall afford adequate opportunity for, consultation regarding such representations as may be made by any other Member with respect to any matter affecting the operation of [GATS].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGats and the Regulation of International Trade in Services
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780511494543
ISBN (Print)9780521896887
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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