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Retaliation in the WTO Dispute Settlement System

By Sherzod Shadikhodjaev


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The dispute resolution procedures of the World Trade Organization allow sanctions to be imposed when a country is unwilling to bring a WTO-inconsistent trade measure into conformity. Not surprisingly, this form of retaliation often creates as many problems as it solves.

This timely work provides in-depth legal analysis of the procedural and substantive aspects of retaliation under the WTO dispute settlement system with particular reference to relevant rules and case law. It examines the retaliation regime under GATT 1947 and the Dispute Settlement Understanding, as well as the special retaliation regime under the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement. It includes a case study with respect to the calculation of the level of retaliation in Article 22.6/4.11 arbitration. Finally, it explores the gaps in the current retaliation system with regard to both procedural issues and the matter of efficacy, and analyzes all relevant solutions. In sum, this book is designed to examine the way the WTO retaliation system works and explore possible improvements.

Last Updated 02/23/2009
Update Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041128119
SKU 10059450-0001
Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. List of Abbreviations. 1. Introduction 2. Introduction to the WTO Dispute Settlement Remedies: An International Law Perspective 3. Retaliation under GATT 1947 and the DSU 4. Retaliation under the SCM Agreement 5. Calculation of the Level of Retaliation 6. The WTO Retaliation System: Problems and Solutions 7. Conclusion. APPENDIX 1. The Concept of Retaliation in the WTO Dispute Settlement System. APPENDIX 2. State of Play in WTO Retaliation Practice (1 January 1995–1 August 2008). APPENDIX 3. Draft Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts. APPENDIX 4. General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (Extract). APPENDIX 5. Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes. APPENDIX 6. Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (Extract). APPENDIX 7. Working Procedures for Arbitration pursuant to Article 22.6 of the DSU. Bibliography. Table of Cases. Index