Africa in the First Decade of WTO Dispute Settlement
Author: Mosoti, Victor
Source: Journal of International Economic Law, Volume 9, Number 2, June 2006 , pp. 427-453(27)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:African countries have largely been absent as players at the WTO dispute settlement system in its first decade. In recent literature, this has been attributed to a number of factors, among them, the low volume of trade with an export base often characterized by single unprocessed commodities, a complicated and expensive dispute settlement system, inadequate legal expertise and a less litigious approach to possible disputes particularly when major trading and donor partners are involved. By showing how and to what extent African countries have participated in GATT and WTO disputes, as well as in the DSU review negotiations and other related processes, the present article argues that this weak participation by large sections of the WTO membership is a danger to the long-term “predictability” function of the WTO, and could undermine the usefulness of the entire process eventually. It closes with various proposals on how the problem may be addressed.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-06-01
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