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date: 17 November 2019

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This chapter analyzes the main functions of international adjudicators, namely dispute settlement, fact-finding, lawmaking, and governance. It suggests that all the functions of international adjudicators boil down to one: to provide useful independent information to rational state actors. Adjudicative fact-finding and lawmaking serve to promote the settlement of a dispute, increase the costs of a discrete violation of the law, and, by clarifying the law for other World Trade Organization parties, assists in the governance of the trade regime as well as the regulation of states that are presumptively deterred from taking certain measures or actions.

Keywords: international adjudicators, dispute settlement, fact-finding, lawmaking, governance

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