Commonwealth Trade Policy Discussion Papers

The Commonwealth Trade Policy Discussion Papers series promptly documents and disseminates reviews, analytical work and think-pieces to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to stimulate debates and discussions on issues that are of interest to developing countries in general and Commonwealth members in particular. The issues considered in the papers may be evolving in nature, leading to further work and refinement at a later stage.


Commonwealth Small States and Least Developed Countries in the WTO Dispute Settlement System

This paper provides the first specific evaluation of the participation of Commonwealth small states and LDCs in WTO dispute settlement. Despite these countries’ small shares of global trade, the paper queries whether their current limited participation in WTO dispute settlement processes should be greater. The paper analyses the special constraints these countries face and makes some tentative proposals to improve that participation.


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