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Implementation in WTO Dispute Settlement: An Introduction to the Problems and Possible Solutions


William J. Davey


University of Illinois College of Law

November 30, 2005

Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 05-16

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This paper assesses the effectiveness of the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in terms of its implementation record. It evaluates whether WTO members promptly take the actions required to bring themselves into compliance with their WTO obligations, as those obligations have been defined or clarified in the dispute settlement reports issued by WTO panels and the Appellate Body. The paper first outlines briefly the operation of the WTO dispute settlement system, with particular emphasis on the overall time taken by the various stages. It then considers the implementation record for disputes brought under the WTO - both overall and on a member-by-member and agreement-by-agreement basis, with consideration of the types of disputes that have proved to be problematic. It concludes with some thoughts on how the implementation record might be improved. (A Japanese translation of this paper has been published in 2005 by the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry.)

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Davey, William J., Implementation in WTO Dispute Settlement: An Introduction to the Problems and Possible Solutions (November 30, 2005). Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 05-16. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=862786 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.862786

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