European Legal Culture and WTO Dispute Settlement: Thirty Years of Socio-Legal Transplants from Brussels to Geneva

  • Tommaso Soave
  • The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals, April 2020, Brill
  • DOI: 10.1163/15718034-12341418

European legal culture and WTO dispute settlement

Photo by Omar Flores on Unsplash

Photo by Omar Flores on Unsplash

What is it about?

The legal culture of the EC/EU has had a profound -- if often neglected -- influence on the ethos and judicial style of WTO adjudicators. This influence stems not only from legal and political pressure, but also from the increasing convergence of the EU and the WTO professional fields. The paper explores these dynamics from a socio-legal perspective.

Why is it important?

At a time when WTO adjudication is under fire, there is a need for fresh perspectives on the deep roots of the crisis and possible solutions. The paper seeks to offer one such perspective by focusing on the clash of legal cultures in the WTO legal field and shedding light on the EC/EU's role in the struggle.

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