Regional trade agreement dispute settlement

I have been following regional trade agreement dispute settlement ever since writing a chapter on dispute settlement in regional trade agreements for the World Bank-published Trade Agreement Policies for Development: A Handbook (Jean-Pierre Chauffour & Jean-Christophe Maur, eds., World Bank 2011). A downloadable PDF of the chapter is available here.  Because there was no single source of information on RTA disputes, I have put up this page as a resource on these disputes and their outcomes. 

The pages linked to below list major regional trade agreement dispute settlement fora, and known RTA disputes, with links to the panel decisions and information on outcomes when available.  The coverage of this section is best for the Western Hemisphere. The coverage of African regional trade courts and disputes is missing and will be upgraded soon: for information on African RTA dispute settlement I recommend James Thuo Gathii's African Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes (Cambridge, 2013). 

If you have any corrections or additions, please email me at info (at) or send a comment via the Contact Me page on this website. 

Last edited:  27 June 2017;  added link to Panel Report on Guatemala compliance with labor obligations under CAFTA-DR. 


    LATIN AMERICA  (DR-CAFTA, Andean Community, Mercosur, ALADI Economic Complementation Agreements, Mexico-Triángulo del Norte FTA)