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In the Shadow of the DSU: Addressing Specific Trade Concerns in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees
(), Petros C. Mavroides and Erik N. Wijkström
Abstract: The paper argues that focusing only on disputes formally
raised in the WTO Dispute Settlement system underestimates the extent of
trade conflict resolution within the WTO. Both the SPS and TBT Committees
address a significant number of ‘specific trade concerns’ (STCs) that in
the overwhelming majority of cases do not become formal disputes. The STCs
address differences between Members concerning the conformity of national
measures in the SPS and TBT areas with these agreements. It appears as if
Committee work on STCs significantly helps defuse potential trade frictions
concerning national policies in the covered areas.
Keywords: WTO; Specific trade concerns; SPS and TBT Committees; Dispute settlement; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: F13; K32; K33; (follow links to similar papers)
39 pages, March 12, 2013
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