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Developing Countries and WTO Dispute Settlement

July-December 2005
Integration & Trade Journal, Issue 23
Developing and especially least developed countries face a number of problems in the context of the Workd Trade Organization (ATO) dispute settlement.  They lack resources to adequately participate in the litigation.  They lack capacity to enforce a WTO ruling if a developed country refuses to voluntarily comply with such ruling.  And as a matter of the realpolitik developing countries may sometimes lose more by going to the WTO, then they may win there.  Greater legal assistance, viable rememdies and faster streamlined procedures may represent a solution to some of these problems.

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