Language Discrepancies in WTO Law

7 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2011

Date Written: March 17, 2011


The purpose of this paper is to establish a starting point for the discussions on linguistic discrepancies. Section I outlines the problem of discrepancies between English, French and Spanish versions of WTO legal texts. Section II provides examples of the types of issues and discrepancies that can arise and provides a preliminary categorization of discrepancies. Section III surveys discrepancies in the Agreement on Safeguards.

Keywords: WTO Law, Language, Translation, Interpretation, Safeguards

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Condon, Bradly J., Language Discrepancies in WTO Law (March 17, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

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