The WTO dispute settlement system: Dealing with success

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The WTO’s dispute settlement system has been relatively successful in resolving disputes over the past twenty years. One consequence of that success is an increasing number of cases involving ever more complex issues. As a result, the WTO dispute settlement system is now under considerable strain. The resources of the WTO Secretariat, which provides staff support to dispute settlement, have been stretched to the point where cases are delayed because of staffing shortages. Given the lack of success in the Doha negotiations, WTO members will likely want to bring even more dispute settlement cases, exacerbating an already difficult situation. This chapter examines a number of changes that might be made to the system that would help to ease the current dispute settlement problems, speed up the process, and ensure that the system will continue to be as successful over the next twenty years as it has been in the past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Economic Law and Governance
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honour of Mitsuo Matsushita
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780198778257
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Trade litigation
  • WTO dispute settlement
  • WTO dispute settlement problems
  • WTO dispute settlement reform
  • WTO dispute settlement success

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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