Dispute Resolution Case Study
The establishment and development of the dispute system has been historical. The Dispute Resolution System has considered and decided a range of cases. They have often raised the issue of implementation and sanctions. The dispute resolution system has become a critical aspect of the WTO and global trade relations in the last ten years. This semester we will focus on U.S. - China trade litigation. We now have about 16 years of history concerning trade issues between the two largest national economies (and 22 years since the founding of the WTO) and the most important bilateral trade relations we have.
Please include the following in your presentation:
- Very briefly describe all prior proceedings. Focus on the most recent proceeding as well as the business and political context of the case.
- The main WTO issue (in the most recent proceeding).The position of the main parties. The decision (recommendation) of the panel and / or the Appellate Body.
- The contested issue of U.S. or foreign law or practice involved.
- The specific WTO agreement and specific provisions involved. (Name the agreement, identify the provisions and quote or paraphrase it.)
- Remember -- The basic issue is the consistency of the contested national act with WTO obligations. Are they consistent or are they inconsistent?
- What has happened concerning implementation and sanctions if any.
Each team presentation should be about 25 minutes. Please leave 10 minutes or so for Q & A. Copies need to be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. the evening before the presentation. Please provide the instructor with a hard copy at the time of the presentation. Each presentation should have 20 - 25 slides. [This is an interesting website concerning WTO Case Studies (EUI).]