Crisis in the WTO: Restoring the Dispute Settlement Function

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Posted Oct 28, 2018 | Center for International Governance Innovation, Robert McDougall

The impasse in the World Trade Organization over the appointment of new members of the Appellate Body is just one symptom of crisis in cooperation on trade. Skepticism about multilateralism and binding dispute settlement, and the strategic and economic rivalry with China has raised US concerns about WTO dispute settlement procedures. In this paper by the Center for International Governance Innovation, Robert McDougall suggests that  restoring the WTO dispute settlement system and enhancing its legitimacy will require changes, including better mechanisms for political oversight, diverting sensitive issues from adjudication, and narrowing its scope. Achieving this will strengthen multilateral cooperation on trade. no.194.pdf


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