16 Apr 2012

Dispute Settlement in a Nutshell

Christian Häberli from the World Trade Institute and NCCR Trade Regulation has been involved in fifteen WTO dispute settlement cases as a panelist. At the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in Japan, he provided an insider’s view of the stages that a settlement process usually passes through.

After Christian Häberli, Senior Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute and NCCR Trade Regulation had introduced the basic steps of WTO dispute settlement during a seminar at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) on 2 March 2012, the discussion moved on to how a panel’s ruling could be implemented. The discussant, Professor Ichiro Araki from Yokohama National University then wanted to know about trends in the dispute settlement cases, where Häberli pointed out that despite the overall success of the settlement system, a large and growing area is not covered by WTO rules: namely, investment and competition.

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