Dispute Settlement at the WTO: How Did We Get Here and What's Next for the Commonwealth States?
This issue of Trade Hot Topics examines the current state of WTO dispute settlement with a focus on repercussions for Commonwealth countries. Specifically, it begins by outlining the dispute settlement profile of Commonwealth states, and then turns briefly to the history of the Appellate Body, highlighting its successes and the criticisms it attracted, as well as the reasons for its demise. This is followed by a discussion of 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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