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The rise in the number of environment-related trade disputes has contributed to the increasing complexity of WTO disputes. Managing environment-related disputes requires smart handling and utilization of domestic resources and managing a fruitful collaboration between different role players and stakeholders. From the pre-litigation stage to implementation stage, countries have to balance environmental concerns, domestic industry needs, and compliance with trade obligations, at the same time. As with other disputes, governments need inputs from the relevant industry to assist in identifying trade barriers, as well as inputs from the environment community to provide guidance on the scientific or economic bases of existing or impending disputes.
Relatively few developing countries have gained practical experience and technical expertise in resorting to WTO and other dispute settlement mechanisms to address trade concerns relating to environment. With increasing worldwide interest and focus on the environment, it is crucial that developing countries keep abreast with the increasing complexity of trade and environment related disputes.
Lack of legal capacity is one of the major hurdles for developing countries, preventing them from actively and effectively protecting and promoting their trade interests in the trade and environment field. Legal capacity means solid institutional structures that allow for effective inter-governmental and multi-stakeholder coordination, processes that support and regulate the involvement of the relevant industry, trade law expertise, and national legislation that allows for effective implementation.
Against this background, the workshop, as part of the tripartite programme of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), aims to draw upon the experiences of countries that have successfully overcome the challenges in managing trade and environment-related disputes and thus able to share their experiences. The workshop is ultimately geared towards identifying best practices and providing guidance in the context of legal capacity building.

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Rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva, Switzerland
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TRADE LAW
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188551
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Monday, 31 March 2014 - 12:00am

Since May 2012, the WTO, ACWL and ICTSD have been jointly implementing a “tripartite” programme designed to strengthen the legal capacity of developing countries in WTO dispute settlement, including their ability to efficiently manage their WTO trade disputes. The programme, which is financed with a grant by Finland, is anchored in the regular training activities of the WTO, and seeks to tap into the wide and, sometimes, intensive experience of developing countries with the WTO dispute settlement mechanism.

Over the past two decades, a number of developing countries, including Latin American countries, have developed a strong domestic legal capacity in WTO dispute settlement. These countries include Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, which actively use the system in their own right. Smaller developing countries, such as Guatemala and Thailand, are also frequent users of the WTO dispute settlement system – be it as complainant or third party. They have managed to overcome many of the barriers to handling disputes and are thus able to share their experiences with other developing nations, identify best practices and provide guidance on capacity building efforts.

ICTSD  has already organized  successful dialogues in Geneva (May 2012) and Delhi (November 2012) where developing countries have had the opportunity to share their experiences in handling WTO disputes. This time we are expanding this initiative to the Latin American region and, with the support of the Inter American Development Bank (IADB) and the cooperation of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a regional dialogue on managing trade disputes is scheduled to take place from 10 to 11 October 2013. As in previous occasions, this dialogue will follow a WTO-ACWL training activity that will take place during the previous two days, also in Brasilia.

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Setor de Administração Federal Sul, Quadra 5 -Lotes 2/3 CEP: 70070-600 Brasília, Brasil
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TRADE LAW
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176908
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programme 1
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Thursday, 10 October 2013 - 12:00am to Friday, 11 October 2013 - 12:00am

Trade remedies are one of the most highly specialized and often contentious areas where legal capacity is crucial for developing countries. Under WTO law, countries are allowed to impose anti-dumping or countervailing measures where unfairly traded imports cause injury to domestic industries, provided that they satisfy the substantive and procedural requirements of the WTO Agreement.
Although trade remedies were used almost exclusively by developed members, developing members have increasingly resorted to them as they have opened their markets to international competition. Between 1995 and 2012, among the total 4230 antidumping measures from all the WTO members, 1867 antidumping measures were from developing members. Some developing members acquired substantial experience and technical expertise to effectively make use of trade remedy measures.
Legal capacity building is very important for most developing members. It will help developing members to make use of trade remedy measures with a view to levelling the trade playing field while keeping consistent with relevant WTO rules. Legal capacity means solid institutional structures that allow for effective inter-governmental and multi-stakeholder coordination, processes that support and regulate the involvement of industry, trade law expertise, and national legislation that allows for effective implementation.
Against this background, the workshop, as part of the tripartite programme of the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) and the International Centre on Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), aims to draw upon the experiences of developing countries that have successfully built up capacity in the field of trade remedies and to invite participants from developing countries with different level of experiences in the use of trade remedies to share their national experiences.

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Beijing, China
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TRADE LAW
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Monday, 18 November 2013 - 12:00am to Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - 12:00am