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Bernard Hoekman, Henrik Horn
Winners and Losers in the Panel Stage of the WTO Dispute Settlement System
() and Petros C. Mavroidis
Abstract: A significant body of research has sought to examine
claims that developing countries are under-represented as complainants,
and/or over-represented as respondents in the WTO dispute settlement
system. Most of this literature has focused on their propensity to
participate, the idea being that under-representation as complainants or
over representation as respondents would suggest a bias in the system. This
paper provides some descriptive statistics that could shed light on a
different manifestation of a “bias” against developing countries. It
employs a dataset containing information on the legal claims made in each
WTO dispute between 1995 and 2006, as well as a rough classification as to
whether each specific claim was accepted or not by the respective panel.
The data is used to compare the extent to propensity by which G2 countries,
other industrialized countries, and developing countries have won the
claims that they have made before panels.
Keywords: WTO; Dispute Settlement; Developing Countries; Winners and Losers; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F13; F53; O19; (follow links to similar papers)
30 pages, September 30, 2008
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