Worldtradelaw.net

Worldtradelaw.net is a database of commentaries on the World Trade Organisation's dispute settlement cases, together with summaries of each case, tables, statistics and the full WTO reports. It also includes GATT Panel Reports, without complementary information. The service is produced by a company based in Florida.

Access

The database is available to IALS Library users onsite; offsite access is available to IALS staff, fellows and students.

Content

The database covers every WTO panel report, Appellate Body report and arbitration since 1995, when the WTO was established. For each, it provides background information, a detailed summary of the findings, commentary on the issues raised and citations to relevant journal literature. Links are given to the full reports and arbitration decisions. The database also includes tables, statistics and an overall index.  GATT panel reports are available as well, but without commentary or other complementary information. There is also information about ongoing WTO disputes.

In addition to the subscription database described above, the Worldtradelaw.net home page provides a number of free resources.  These include an online library of journal articles about trade law, a collection of GATT/WTO agreements and a searchable database of bilateral and regional trade agreements.

Browsing

The database can be explored via a detailed subject index, broad "subject-matter" pages, chronological and alphabetical case lists and a variety of other means.

Searching

A quick search can be done across all GATT and WTO reports. More advanced search facilities are also available.