New course to be offered: Dispute Settlement in the World Trade Organization

November 5, 2007Duke Law News

This course analyzes how WTO member countries use the WTO multilateral
system of settling trade disputes. A WTO member can bring its
complaint to the WTO when another member adopts a trade policy measure
that the complaining member considers to be in violation of the WTO
agreements or to impair its WTO benefits. We first address some
procedural issues in the WTO dispute settlement in its adjudication
and implementation modes. Next we look at several cases to examine
how the disputes were actually resolved at the WTO. The cases studied
are related to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) with
its market access principles and exceptions for foreign products, and
to the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Agreement (SPS) that deals
with food safety and animal and plant health standards. The purpose
of this course is to familiarize students with the unique WTO
mechanism that underscores the rule of law for the solution of trade
disputes among the member countries.