Hitting where it hurts: Retaliation requests in the WTO

Diego Bonomo 01 March 2014

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When a trade dispute being adjudicated in the WTO’s dispute settlement system reaches the end without resolution, the offended member country requests the right to retaliate – or as the diplomats call it – request the suspension of concessions and other obligations vis-à-vis the offender (Shadikhodjaev 2009).

From the WTO’s inception to the end of 2013, there have been 36 such requests related to 28 disputes. In five cases, typically with more than one dispute settlement number, there were multiple requests by different countries against a single offender. Those cases are:

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, trade disputes, WTO retaliations

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