WTO and NAFTA Dispute Settlement

Rules-based dispute settlement is a central part of the multilateral trading system. Both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) contain comprehensive dispute-settlement mechanisms. These provisions and procedures allow the fair and transparent settlement of grievances and provide predictability to the system.

With the exception of NAFTA Chapter 11 investor-state provisions, dispute-settlement mechanisms are established for state-to-state disputes. The WTO Agreements, including GATT 1994, are subject to the Dispute Settlement Understanding. The NAFTA includes general dispute settlement as well as special provisions for anti-dumping and countervailing duties, investments and environmental matters.

At Gottlieb & Associates, we provide comprehensive advice on WTO/NAFTA dispute settlement. In particular, we can help private parties petition government to pursue their trade and investment rights. We also provide counsel and assistance to governments.

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