Regional trade agreement dispute settlement
This page collects information on disputes brought under regional trade agreements (RTAs). It follows up on the 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.
The pages linked to below list major RTA 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).
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Last edited: 11 January 2019.
23 July 2018: Canada initiates dispute under NAFTA Chapter 20 concerning President Trump’s decision to include imports of Canadian solar panels in the January 2018 US safeguard action on solar panels under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974. Global Affairs Canada press release; consultation request.
27 June 2017 release of Panel Report on Guatemala compliance with labor obligations under CAFTA-DR.
NORTH AMERICA (CUSFTA, NAFTA, Canada AIT)
LATIN AMERICA (DR-CAFTA, Andean Community, Mercosur, ALADI Economic Complementation Agreements, Mexico-Triángulo del Norte FTA)