Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174816
Authors: 
Abbott, Roderick
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
ECIPE Working Paper 01/2007
Abstract: 
The data issued by the WTO Secretariat on disputes shows that "developing countries" have participated in one-third of the cases 1995-2005. The data should be corrected to exclude some OECD member countries and some others with high GDP per capita. These adjustments reduce by about 30 the number of cases and, in addition, analysis shows that the vast majority of the developing country cases were launched by just five members. If another eight members are added, you have 90 per cent of developing member dispute activity, which means that around 80-90 members have had no dispute participation at all. This paper discusses reasons for that passive attitude and concludes that there seems to be little in the WTO system per se that needs correcting in this context. It is rather problems of internal governance and organization in many capitals that may be responsible for the relative absence of many members from the WTO dispute scene.
Subjects: 
international trade
World Trade Organization
trade law
Dispute Settlement System
developing countries
JEL: 
F51
F53
F59
P45
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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