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date: 22 July 2019

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This article focuses on the procedures used in World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement and some of the procedural and evidentiary issues that have been raised since the new system began operating. It begins by briefly recalling the legacy of the general agreement on tariffs and trade (GATT) and describing the most significant changes made to GATT dispute settlement practice in the Uruguay Round. It outlines the objectives of the WTO dispute settlement system and describes the procedures used in WTO dispute settlement. It explains some of the main procedural and evidentiary issues that have been raised. Some of the proposals that WTO Members have tabled relating to the different stages of the dispute settlement procedures are briefly described. Some thoughts about the future of WTO dispute settlement are offered in the concluding section.

Keywords: procedures, evidentiary issues, World Trade Organization, dispute settlement procedures, Uruguay Round

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