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A Handbook on the WTO Dispute Settlement System

By World Trade Organization

The WTO dispute settlement system has become one of the most dynamic, effective and successful international dispute settlement systems in the world over the past twenty years. This second edition of A Handbook on the WTO Dispute Settlement System has been compiled by the dispute settlement lawyers of the WTO Secretariat with a view to providing a practice-oriented account of the system. In addition to describing the existing rules and procedures, this accessibly written handbook explains how those rules and procedures have been interpreted by dispute settlement panels and the Appellate Body, and how they have evolved over time. The handbook provides practical information to help various audiences understand the day-to-day operation of the WTO dispute settlement system.

■ Provides a clear and thorough review of the rules and procedures of the WTO dispute settlement system
■ Presents a comprehensive account of the existing jurisprudence concerning WTO dispute settlement procedures
■ Includes additional resources such as tips about notification procedures, templates of working procedures and timetables, timetables of actual disputes and statistical data

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