The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Mechanism – Analysis and Problems

OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE WTO, Amrita Narlikar, Martin Daunton, and Robert M. Stern, eds., Forthcoming

Center for Comparative and International Studies Working Paper No. 63

27 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2010 Last revised: 23 Nov 2010

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Thomas Bernauer

ETH Zurich

Manfred Elsig

University of Bern

Joost Pauwelyn

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID); Georgetown University Law Centre

Date Written: November 3, 2010

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of issues and progress in research on WTO dispute settlement. It also points out the remaining gaps in the existing literature. For reasons of space, the focus is primarily on research by political scientists and legal scholars. We pay only passing attention to the burgeoning normative literature on the legal accuracy of WTO rulings and the legitimacy and accountability of WTO dispute settlement. The following (second) section describes how the DSM works, notes the key differences with the older GATT dispute mechanism, and discusses some trends in WTO dispute settlement. The third section focuses on how the nature and functioning of the DSM can be studied. In the fourth section, we look at some key findings from recent research and in the fifth section we identify some remaining research gaps. The final section links research on the DSM with ongoing debates on reforming WTO dispute settlement.

Keywords: WTO, Trade

Suggested Citation

Bernauer, Thomas and Elsig, Manfred and Pauwelyn, Joost, The World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Mechanism – Analysis and Problems (November 3, 2010). OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE WTO, Amrita Narlikar, Martin Daunton, and Robert M. Stern, eds., Forthcoming ; Center for Comparative and International Studies Working Paper No. 63. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1702304 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1702304

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