WTO Dispute Settlement Commentary Overview
WorldTradeLaw.net's Dispute Settlement Commentary (DSC) Service
The Dispute Settlement Commentary (DSC) service is a comprehensive legal research tool for WTO Panel and Appellate Body Reports and WTO Arbitrations. The service is available on an annual subscription basis. Features include:
Summary/analysis of new reports/arbitrations.
Summary/analysis of all past reports/arbitrations back to the establishment of the WTO.
Up-to-date keyword index, and updates of Commentaries for past reports/arbitrations to reflect new developments in WTO jurisprudence.
Database of WTO dispute settlement tables and statistics.
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Since the creation of the WTO in 1995, WTO panels, the Appellate Body and arbitrators have issued over 225 dispute settlement reports. The number of reports has increased dramatically compared to dispute settlement under the GATT. In addition, the length and complexity of the reports has grown considerably. As things stand now, it is extremely time-consuming for people to read all of these reports, and it has become increasingly difficult for government officials, private and public sector lawyers, and academics and students to keep up with WTO jurisprudence.
WorldTradeLaw.net's WTO Dispute Settlement Commentary service is designed to address this problem. We utilize our substantial experience in WTO law to read all of the reports and provide a clear and concise summary and analysis. For each report, we provide a basic summary of the legal findings and conclusions made by the panel/AB/arbitrator, and also provide expert analysis on many of the issues in the report. (We have posted several sample reports which are available for free.)
Most importantly, our reports are available in a timely manner -- we post each Commentary on this web site within 1 to 3 weeks after a report is circulated to WTO Members. And to make sure no report goes unnoticed, we send out an e-mail notification to subscribers when each new Commentary is posted.
In addition, when a new report modifies the findings in earlier reports, we systematically update the Commentaries for the earlier reports to reflect the new development. And for panel reports that are appealed, we update the Commentary for the panel report to reflect the Appellate Body's findings on appealed issues.
To facilitate research of specific legal issues, we also provide a comprehensive keyword index of WTO legal provisions and terms addressed in panel/AB reports and arbitrations, with links to the Commentary for each decision that covers an issue. This WTO Case Law Index is updated immediately after each new Commentary is completed. In addition, we have created a searchable database that includes our Commentaries for every WTO panel and Appellate Body report and arbitration. This database is an excellent tool for quickly identifying past WTO cases that address particular subjects.
Furthermore, unlike other research tools, we do more than just provide our customers with information and then let them figure it out on their own. WorldTradeLaw.net will answer questions about what we have written, either through the subscribers-only blog or through direct e-mail inquiries. (Keep in mind, of course, that we do not provide legal advice or counsel -- we simply explain what we have written. For further information, please see our disclaimer page.)
Finally, to assist those researching WTO legal issues, we have created a database of key information regarding all WTO disputes, focusing in particular on key dates, subject matter covered by the dispute (e.g., anti-dumping, services, subsidies, etc.), the parties to the dispute, and the decision makers. The database allows subscribers to view sortable tables that list disputes by each of those categories (e.g., by panelist name, alphabetically by dispute name, by circulation date or adoption date, or by subject matter).
The basic price for an annual subscription is US$1,950. However, we offer discounted subscription prices for governments, academic institutions, and other non-profit entities. We also offer quantity discounts (e.g., for purchasing consortia, individual entities purchasing as a group, etc.). And of course, we provide special and differential treatment on pricing for developing countries. Please contact us for more information on subscribing.