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Gewährleisten umgesetzte WTO-Streitschlichtungsurteile offene Märkte? Eine Betrachtung am Beispiel des Zeitschriftenfalles


  • Thomas A. Zimmermann

    (Swiss Institute for International Economics & Applied Economic Research, University of St. Gallen SIAW-HSG)


Theoretical analyses of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism suggest that the system contains only weak incentives for the implementation of rulings. Against this background, it is puzzling that the specific WTO procedure which deals with allegedly insufficient implementation is used only in about one third of the cases where the need for implementation has arisen. Yet, a closer look at the where implementation has allegedly occurred can partly resolve this puzzle: The defendant government implemented the rulings by modifying or repealing the contemplated measures. At the same time, however, it resorted to alternative measures in order to keep the market closed. Some market opening occurred only after the conclusion of the multilateral procedure within bilateral negotiations and in areas which have not been subject to the multilateral dispute. This leads to the hypothesis that the role of the multilateral dispute settlement system could be less important than is generally accepted today. Note: The downloadable document is in German.

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  • Thomas A. Zimmermann, 2005. "Gewährleisten umgesetzte WTO-Streitschlichtungsurteile offene Märkte? Eine Betrachtung am Beispiel des Zeitschriftenfalles," International Trade 0502015, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpit:0502015
    Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 33. Note: An abstract is available in English. However, the downloadable full text document is in German.

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    Protectionism; WTO Dispute Settlement; Implementation;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business

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