The WTO dispute settlement system plays an important role in clarifying and enforcing the legal obligations contained in the WTO Agreement. It has gained a strong practical relevance as more than 300 disputes have been brought from 1 January 1995 through October 2003. While dispute settlement is certainly not the only activity taking place within the WTO, it has become an important part of the practical reality of the Organization. WTO dispute settlement has also become an important tool in the management by WTO Members of their international economic relations at large. The objective of this handbook is to give the reader a good understanding of the practical operation of this system. Working through this guide, the reader will be introduced to all elements of the dispute settlement process, from the initiation of a case through to the implementation of the decision.
• Provides the reader with a good understanding of the practical operation of the WTO dispute settlement system • The main provisions of the DSU and other WTO legal texts have been reproduced in this book
Preface; Introduction to this handbook; List of abbreviations; Table of cases cited in this publication; 1. Introduction to the WTO Dispute Settlement System; 2. Historic development of the WTO Dispute Settlement System; 3. WTO Bodies involved in the dispute settlement process; 4. Legal basis for a dispute; 5. Possible object of a complaint - jurisdiction of panels and the Appellate Body; 6. The process - stages in a typical WTO dispute settlement case; 7. Legal effect of panel and Appellate Body reports and DSB recommendations and rulings; 8. Dispute settlement without recourse to panels and the Appellate Body; 9. Participation in dispute settlement proceedings; 10. Legal issues arising in WTO dispute settlement proceedings; 11. Developing countries in WTO dispute settlement; 12. Evaluation of the WTO dispute settlement system: results to date; 13. Further information; 14. Annex: legal texts; Index.