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Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics

The Trade Hot Topics series provides concise and informative analyses of various trade and trade-related issues which are prepared both by Commonwealth Secretariat and international experts.

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Dispute Settlement at the WTO

How Did We Get Here and What's Next for Commonwealth States?

This issue of Trade Hot Topics examines the current state of WTO dispute settlement with a focus on repercussions for Commonwealth countries. It begins by outlining the dispute settlement profile of Commonwealth states, then turns briefly to the history of the Appellate Body. It discusses the technicalities of one proposed option to temporarily fill the void left by the Appellate Body's absence, assessing its merits and explaining what it might portend for participating and non-participating members. It concludes with recommendations for the consideration of Commonwealth states as they seek to define and promote their dispute settlement interests in the current WTO environment.

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Keywords: Appellate Body, Commonwealth, US, dispute settlement, WTO
JEL: F10: International Economics / Trade / Trade: General; F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
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