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Enhanced third party rights in the WTO dispute settlement understanding.

Antoniadis, A. (2002) 'Enhanced third party rights in the WTO dispute settlement understanding.', Legal issues of economic integration., 29 (3). pp. 285-304.


This article examines the issue of enhanced third party rights in the WTO DSU. The origin of broader participatory rights in the GATT practice is explored. Further, in the early WTO jurisprudence and in particular, in EC – Hormones, the Appellate Body determined the conditions under which those rights should be granted and the content thereof. Their foundation on the discretionary authority of the Panels and on considerations of due process was thereby established. This contribution focuses on United States – 1916 Anti-Dumping Act, where the Appellate Body was offered the opportunity to elaborate on the issue in a case where claims of procedural prejudice were raised. In light of the unsatisfactory response of the Appellate Body, an analysis of the DSU provisions is undertaken and the argument that enhanced third party rights have a strong basis in the DSU is advocated. At the same time, the procedural and systemic importance of the issue is highlighted.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Third party rights, procedural rights, DSU, WTO.
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Publisher statement:Reprinted from Legal issues of economic integration, 29(3), 2002, 285-304, with permission of Kluwer Law International.
Record Created:22 Feb 2008
Last Modified:14 Oct 2016 16:33

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