WTO Dispute Settlement: Crown Jewel or Costume Jewelry?

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The dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization (WTO) knew considerable success in its early years, being described as the WTO's crown jewel. In recent years, the jewel has become tarnished. Its principal actor - the Appellate Body - is no longer functioning, and the practice of the membership has been to appeal almost all new panel reports, thereby consigning them to a legal limbo from which they seem unlikely to ever emerge. This paper briefly reviews the record of the WTO dispute settlement system, considers the problems that led to its current state and evaluates various proposals that have been made to reinvigorate the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-300
Number of pages10
JournalWorld Trade Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2 2022


  • Appellate Body
  • WTO
  • WTO Dispute Settlement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law


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