Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81444
Authors: 
Horn, Henrik
Mavroides, Petros C.
Wijkström, Erik N.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 960
Abstract: 
The paper argues that focusing only on disputes formally raised in the WTO Dispute Settlement system underestimates the extent of trade conflict resolution within the WTO. Both the SPS and TBT Committees address a significant number of ‘specific trade concerns’ (STCs) that in the overwhelming majority of cases do not become formal disputes. The STCs address differences between Members concerning the conformity of national measures in the SPS and TBT areas with these agreements. It appears as if Committee work on STCs significantly helps defuse potential trade frictions concerning national policies in the covered areas.
Subjects: 
WTO
Specific trade concerns
SPS and TBT Committees
Dispute settlement
JEL: 
F13
K32
K33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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