Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 684: A Survey of the Literature on the WTO Dispute Settlement System

Henrik Horn () and Petros C. Mavroidis
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Henrik Horn: Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Postal: P.O. Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden
Petros C. Mavroidis: Columbia University

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

JEL-codes: F13; K33

42 pages, December 20, 2006

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