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African Countries and WTO´s Dispute Settlement Mechanism

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  • Amin Alavi, Denmark
  • Department of Business Law
  • Centre for International Business Law (CIBL)
The WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism was designed, inter alia, to secure the 'rule of law' within international trade and provide all members with opportunities to exercise their rights under multilateral trade agreements. But, after ten years, no sub-Saharan African country has yet used the option to initiate a dispute. This article examines what prevents the WTO Africa Group from using the system and critically reviews the solutions they have proposed to remedy this. It concludes by discussing how this reflects broader problems concerning African participation in WTO, and puts forward some alternative proposals.
Udgivelsesdato: January
Original languageEnglish
JournalDevelopment Policy Review
Pages (from-to)25-42
Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Research areas

  • WTO, Dispute Settlement, Africa, Development

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