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Treaty Interpretation by the WTO Appellate Body

Isabelle Van Damme


The WTO dispute settlement system is unusually strong but not necessarily unique. How the Appellate Body reads the WTO covered agreements is not a matter of WTO law, it is a technique of general international law. The Appellate Body comes to interpretation from within its function in the WTO institution as a juridical body. This book explains how the Appellate Body approaches the interpretation of the WTO covered agreements, and contributes to a more general understanding of how treaties are interpreted in practice. It is as much about general international law as it is about WTO law.

Keywords: World Trade Organization, WTO, Appellate Body, treaty interpretation, Vienna Convention, dispute settlement, Law of Treaties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199562237
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabelle Van Damme, author
Turpin-Lipstein Fellow and College Lecturer in Law at Clare College, Cambridge, and Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.