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Costs and Benefits of a WTO Dispute: Philippine Bananas and the Australian Market

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  • Javelosa, Josyline C.
  • Schmitz, Andrew

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Why do governments engage in WTO disputes? What can countries expect to gain from international legal trade battles? This article examines the costs and benefits of the Philippine-Australian dispute regarding Australia's quarantine policy on Philippine fresh fruits and vegetables, a case also of keen interest to a number of countries including those in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Ecuador, Thailand, China, India, and Chile. We find that a host of institutional, political, and economic factors can trigger disputes under strong, yet debatable, expectations over winning a case in the WTO.

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Article provided by Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade in its journal Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy.

Volume (Year): 07 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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Handle: RePEc:ags:ecjilt:23824

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Keywords: bananas; cost-benefit analysis; sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures; trade disputes; World Trade Organization; International Relations/Trade;

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