A Workshop on Anti-Dumping and the WTO Dispute Settlement System

CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics & Environment and South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment

Organised a workshop on

Anti-Dumping and the WTO Dispute Settlement System
Thursday 2nd December, 1999

Marion Room,
Renaissance Madison Hotel, 515 Madison Street,
Seattle, Washington 98104, USA

A Workshop on the issue of anti-dumping and the dispute settlement system of the WTO. Increasingly, the anti-dumping tool is being “misused” by countries, which defeats the very purpose of trade liberalisation, and affects the market access of countries adversely. Proposals to bring in some tighter disciplines on anti-dumping are being resisted. Secondly, the WTO dispute settlement system has been a source of criticism for its flaws: interpretation, lack of transparency, and the sheer cost of the same. On examining the dispute settlement system vis-à-vis anti-dumping one finds that anti-dumping issues are excluded from the normal dispute settlement process.
The Agreement on Anti-dumping allows consumer organisations to submit their views on anti-dumping proceedings at home, however the right of the civil society to be a part of the dispute settlement system at the WTO is being resisted by several developing countries. The resistance has some substance but solutions need to be found rather than further the undemocratic nature of the system.

Ms. Jill Johnstone, National Consumer Council, London
Ms. Beatrice Chaytor, FIELD, London
Ms. Sophia Murphy, IATP, Minneapolis
Mr. David Downes, CIEL, Washington. D.C.
Mr.Omkar Goswami, Confederation of Indian Industry, New Delhi
Mr. Gary Horlick, O’Melveny & Myers, Washington D.C.
Mr. James Cameron, Baker & Mckenzie, London

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