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1999 Meeting of Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 3–7 May 1999 Vol. 2

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Commonwealth Law Ministers and Senior Officials from 42 jurisdictions met in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 3-7 May 1999. This is the second of two volumes containing most of the Memoranda prepared for the meeting, together with the Agenda and the Communiqué.

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The World Trade Organisation Dispute Settlement Mechanism

Conscious of the shortcomings and weaknesses of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) dispute settlement mechanism, the trade negotiators set out during the Uruguay Round to design and implement a new dispute settlement system which would command the respect and confidence of members. The new World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement mechanism is contained in the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU) and has been refered to as the “central pillar of the multilateral trading system and the WTO's most individual contribution to the stability of the global economy”

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