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The WTO Dispute Settlement System 1995–2006: Some Descriptive Statistics
() and Petros C. Mavroidis
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to report some initial
findings based on the WTO Dispute Settlement Data Set (Ver. 2.0) that the
authors have compiled for the World Bank. The data set contains
approximately 28 000 observations on the workings of the Dispute Settlement
(DS) system. It covers all 351 WTO disputes initiated through the official
filing of a Request for Consultations from January 1, 1995, until October
25, 2006, and for these disputes it includes events occurring until
December 31, 2006. Each dispute is followed through its legal life via the
panel stage, the Appellate Body stage, through to the implementation stage.
The descriptive statistics in the paper points to three observations. The
first and obvious observation is the almost complete absence of least
developed countries. Secondly, less poor developing countries are much more
active, and much more successful than the authors would have expected.
Third, the EU and the US dominate less than expected, being much more often
the subject of complaints, than a complaining party, and they have a very
low share of all panellists.
Keywords: WTO; Dispute Settlement; Developing Countries; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F13; F53; O19; (follow links to similar papers)
35 pages, April 21, 2008
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