1 The panel stage is the first and potentially final step of the formal World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement (World Trade Organization, Dispute Settlement). That said, the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes of 1994 (‘DSU’) exhibits a clear preference for political rather than juridical dispute settlement (see Arts 3.4, 3.7, and 21.1 DSU). The DSU mandates a formal consultation process prior to the initiation of legal proceedings before a panel. The idea underlying this arrangement is that it is considered to be...
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