DATES: JAN 17 - 21, 2011    
TUITION: $1995    





This course will focus on the WTO dispute settlement system, which is legally much stronger and more rigorous than its GATT predecessor, and on dispute settlement mechanisms in regional trade agreements. Particular attention will be directed at increasing the effectiveness of developing country participation in WTO and regional dispute settlement proceedings. The course will be intensely practical, and the speakers will include at least one former member of the WTO Appellate Body, individuals who have served as WTO panel members, and attorneys who have litigated cases before the WTO. 

Course Outline


Four Stages of WTO Dispute Settlement

  •  Consultations
  •  Panel Process
  •  Appellate Body Review
  •  Implementation


Crucial Procedural and Substantive Issues That Have Arisen Since the System Entered Into Effect in 1995


Member Proposals to Improve the System


Ways that Developing Countries Can Make Effective Use of the System

  • Opportunities to obtain legal representation at reduced cost
  • Difficulties they have experienced


WTO Decisions That Have Touched Upon the Relationship Between the WTO Agreement and Other International Treaties, Including Environmental Agreements


Strengths and Weaknesses of Retaliation and Cross-Retaliation in Goods, Services and Intellectual Property


Dispute Settlement in Regional Trade Agreements


Course Advisor

Patrick F.J. Macrory is the Director of ILI's International Trade Law Center. He has been a senior partner in two of Washington's largest law firms, and has practiced trade law for more than thirty years. He taught international trade law at universities in Tokyo, London, and Washington and has written extensively on the subject. He is editor-in-chief of a major new multi-volume work on the World Trade Organization, published by Springer in 2005.