WTO Dispute Settlement

This course focuses on how the dispute settlement mechanism of the WTO operates from a legal, political and diplomatic perspective. In reviewing the procedural steps of actual disputes, including the use of experts, the retaliation stage, together with alternative means of settling disputes, the students will be able to better understand how States and other international actors can address international economic tensions resulting from societal choices, while pursuing the WTO goals of both fighting illegitimate protectionism and protecting legitimate public policy objectives. It will also help understand the context of the suspension of the Appellate Body’s activities and the calls for specific or general reforms in the WTO, and its dispute settlement system.