WTO Public Forum 2012: Managing Conflict in the WTO without Formal Disputes
Multilateralism may be in crisis, but some of the core elements of the WTO still work remarkably well. It is often said that the WTO is either legislating in new negotiations or adjudicating in the formal dispute settlement system. However, this understanding obscures much of how the WTO affects the day-to-day reality of the trading system.
In this panel, we ask whether the WTO tools for managing conflict and reviewing the interpretation of the rules can be made more effective for both large and small members and for economic actors, and how more transparency might allow civil society to help. Panellists will discuss the circumstances under which members do or do not meet their notification obligations; and when they use discussion in a committee, including in a “Specific Trade Concern”, as opposed to dispute settlement to address a potential or actual conflict or legal ambiguity.
Mr. Mark Halle
Vice-President, International, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Professor Petros Mavroidis
Global and Regional Economic Law, European University Institute (EUI)
Mr Erik Wijkström
Counsellor, Trade and Environment Division, WTO
Professor Robert Wolfe
School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, Canada
Mr Ahmed Irfan Aslam
Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the WTO
Meeting Room: S3
Rue de Lausanne 154, 1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland