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Technical Barriers to Trade Notifications and Dispute Settlement of the WTO

Mohammad Mahdi Ghodsi () and Jan Michałek ()

No 2014-22, Working Papers from Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to verify to which extent and in which circumstances the TBT notifications can serve as a system of early warning for future disputes in the areas of TBTs. During 1995-2011 there have been 45 requests for consultations under the Dispute Settlement (DS) Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in order to identify the violations in technical barriers to trade (TBT) agreement. The DS Body decisions regarding violations of TBT agreement are discussed in this paper. The WTO members, in order to increase transparency of trade policy, made efforts to compile data on notified TBTs. WTO provides a TBT dataset that covers Specific Trade Concerns (STC) raised by its members. This paper attempts to find the linkages between DS cases citing TBT agreement and the STC data. We analyze descriptively and econometrically, the relationship between raising TBT STCs and DS cases on TBT.

Keywords: trade policy; technical barriers to trade; WTO; dispute settlement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 F53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2014
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