Are Asian WTO Members Using the WTO DSU ‘Effectively’?

By Michael Ewing-Chow, Alex W. S. Goh, and Akshay Kolse Patil

[Journal of International Economic Law 16(3)]

A Review by Dany Channraksmeychhoukroth

The World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system, governed by the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) has a central role in the enforcement and implementation of WTO commitments. It serves as a central pillar of the multilateral trading system, with the contribution to stability of the global economy.[1] However, WTO members, especially developing countries in Asia, are not equally positioned to access and use it effectively.

A number of studies have attempted to assess several explanations of the ineffective use of WTO DSU by the WTO Asian members. Chow, Goh, and Patil recent journal, Are Asian WTO Member Using the WTO DSU ‘Effectively’, answers one important question “Are Asian developing countries not using the DSU effectively comparing with corresponding use by the United States of America (USA), the European Union (EU), Brazil, and Mexico?” The authors based their finding by examining the existing literatures and data to show the complexity of the interactions between those explanations. Download: PDF

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