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A Survey of the Literature on the WTO Dispute Settlement System
() and Petros C. Mavroidis
Abstract: This paper surveys the law and economics literature on WTO
dispute settlement. As a background, we first briefly lay out main features
of the legal framework, and discuss possible roles of a dispute settlement
mechanism. We then discuss the two main themes in the empirical literature
on dispute settlement: (i) the determinants of participation by members as
complainants, respondents and third parties; and (ii) the role of the DS
system for the settling of disputes. The paper finally points to a number
of areas that are in need of further research.
Keywords: WTO; Dispute Settlement; DSU; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F13; K33; (follow links to similar papers)
42 pages, December 20, 2006
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