This page is a gateway to material on dispute settlement procedures initiated
since 1995 under the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU). It provides access
to the WTO Dispute Settlement Database, as well as some basic statistical
information on recourse to WTO dispute settlement to date and a link to most
recently issued dispute-settlement documents. You will also find at the end of
this page a link to the most important official documents relating to dispute
The primary purpose of the WTO Dispute Settlement Database is to provide
information relating to the proceedings in each case, rather than information
concerning the substance of dispute settlement rulings. You will be able,
through targeted searches, to access information relating to proceedings in a
specific case, or to identify cases meeting certain search criteria.
General information concerning dispute settlement procedures can be obtained
through the general WTO website (
How the WTO Settles Disputes (An Introduction To The DS Mechanism) ).
If you wish to conduct searches on the contents of dispute settlement reports,
we suggest that you use the search tools in
Most Recent Documents
view a list of all WTO dispute settlement documents circulated over the last 20
Overall State-Of-Play of Disputes
view an up-to-date detailed state-of-play of all disputes.
You may access information relating to cases in which dispute settlement
proceedings have been initiated in various forms, focusing either on a specific
dispute or on certain search criteria.
• Information concerning a specific dispute can be accessed in
If you do not know the exact tile or "WT/DS" number of the dispute you are
looking for, you can find it through the "DISPUTE TITLE SEARCH" or the "KEYWORD
INDEX SEARCH". You will then be able to access a specific home-page concerning
the dispute at issue, from which you will be able to visualize information
concerning that dispute (such as a summary of the procedural steps that have
occurred, or a list of documents issued in that dispute) and to access the
official documents circulated in relation to that dispute. If you have only
incomplete information about the case and cannot find it through the Dispute
Title or Keyword Index searches, you may be able to identify it through the
general "ADVANCED SEARCH" (for example, if you only know who the respondent was
and the year in which a panel was established in the case, you would be able to
search for disputes meeting these criteria).
If you already know the name or "WT/DS" number of the dispute and simply want to
find a document issued in relation to that dispute, you can use the Specific
Search entitled "DISPLAY ALL DOCUMENTS IN A DISPUTE".
• Searches concerning dispute settlement activity can be
carried out either through the general "ADVANCED SEARCH" function, or through
the specific searches.
These searches will allow you to identify relevant disputes on the basis of
various criteria. From there, you will be able to access the specific
home-pages of the relevant disputes to search for additional details on the
procedures in these disputes.
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Legal texts and official documents relating to WTO Dispute Settlement Procedures
here to see the text of the DSU and
other general documents relating to dispute settlement procedures
us : World Trade Organization, C/o Legal Affairs Division, rue de Lausanne 154, CH-1211 Geneva