The procedural rules governing the settlement of trade-related disputes by the WTO are set forth in the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU). In addition, there are many specialized rules, applicable only to particular types of disputes, set forth in the annexes to the Marrakesh Agreement that established the WTO. To access these dispute settlement rules, consult the Primary Sources listed in the column to the right. Listed below is a selection of Secondary Sources on WTO dispute settlement practice and procedure.
WTO Legal Texts
The WTO's website provides free online access to the full text of the Dispute Settlement Understanding in the following formats:
It is also possible to access a summary of the DSU (HTML only).
To locate additional resources on WTO dispute settlement practices from the Georgetown Law Library's collection, use the Advanced Search and select Law Library Catalog. Then use the menu to select Subject as the search field and enter one of the following subject headings in the search box:
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