Typically, the standard of review relates to the nature and intensity of review by a court or tribunal of decisions taken by another governmental authority or, sometimes, by a lower court or tribunal. In the law of the WTO, the standard of review reflects the extent to which WTO adjudicating bodies can declare measures taken by WTO Members to be WTO-inconsistent. The standard of review is therefore a touchstone of the WTO dispute settlement system, reflecting the balance of power between the ‘judicial branch’ of the WTO and decision-making responsibilities of the...
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