WTO DISPUTES: Anti-Dumping, Subsidies and Safeguards

Edwin Vermulst & Folkert Graafsma

This book analyzes WTO Panel and Appellate Body Reports with respect to the four commercial defence Agreements: the Anti-Dumping Agreement, the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, the Safeguards Agreement and the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing.

Coming in the aftermath of the succesful launch of a new round of multilateral trade negotiations in Doha in November 2001, it provides a timely and indispensable overview of the state of play of dispute settlement reports covering these four Agreements.  Indeed, a disproportionately high number of WTO dispute settlement cases have involved interpretations of provisions of these Agreements, bearing witness to their importance in real life.

While the WTO negotiations continue, WTO Members are likely to continue their quest to clarify opaque provisions in the four Agreements through recourse to WTO dispute settlement proceedings.  Over the past seven years WTO Panels and the Appellate Body have already made incalculable progress; this trend will only continue in the foreseeable future.

The authors, having been involved in a number of the proceedings discussed in this volume, have chosen to approach their subjexct by focusing on the technicalities that are so important in this complex area of trade law.  An issue-based analytical first chapter is followed by four chapters providing annotated versions of the four commercial defence Agreements which pursue the order of the Agreements themselves.

The book will be an invaluable reference tool for trade diplomats and other government officials, lawyers and academics involved in both WTO dispute settlement proceedings and in the effort to formulate new rules in the framework of the Doha Round.

ISBN 10: 1 874698 78 3

ISBN 13: 978 1 874698 78 4

•  Hardback • 878pp • 2002 • £125.00