The jurisdiction, applicable law, and interpretive practices of the WTO dispute settlement system define its power within the WTO institutional structure and its influence on other international courts and tribunals. The question of the applicable law only arises once jurisdiction has been established; the question of interpretation only arises once the applicable law is identified. Identifying the applicable law, however, might also necessitate some interpretation. The distinction between finding the applicable law and interpreting that law is less clearly...
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