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Engaging with scientific expertise is necessary to insure the effectiveness of WTO dispute settlement in areas such as the SPS Agreement. In rejecting the Uruguay Round texts and basic principles concerning the processing of policy-relevant science for lay decision makers, panels and the Appellate Body have counterproductively tended to undermine the scientific integrity, institutional legitimacy, and ultimately the speed and efficacy of WTO dispute settlement.


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  • Subject
    • Food and Drug Law

    • International Trade Law

  • Journal title
    • Trade and Environmental Law

  • Pagination
    • 85-89

  • Date submitted

    7 September 2022

  • Additional information
    • This chapter is available in Trade and Environmental Law edited by Panagiotis Delimatsis & Leonie Reins, published in 2021, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd

      The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.

      Suggested Citation:

      David A. Wirth, "Scientific experts in WTO dispute settlement." In Panagiotis Delimatsis & Leonie Reins (Eds.), Trade and Environmental Law (pp. 85-89). Elgar, 2021.