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Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO Legal System$
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Lorand Bartels and Federico Ortino

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199206995

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206995.001.0001

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Dispute Settlement in the WTO and RTAs: A Comment

Dispute Settlement in the WTO and RTAs: A Comment

(p.343) 14 Dispute Settlement in the WTO and RTAs: A Comment
Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO Legal System

William J. Davey

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares the dispute settlement of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and regional trade agreements (RTA). It outlines the operation of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Understanding and evaluates the results it has produced in its first decade of operation. It compares these results with the operation of RTA dispute settlement systems. This chapter concludes that RTA cannot supplant the WTO's role as a forum for trade negotiations because the existing regional agreements do not include enough major trading nations to enable deals to be struck on key global issues involving a broad range of nations with disparate interests.

Keywords:   dispute settlement, WTO, regional trade agreements, trade negotiations, trade regulation

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