How the WTO Undermines U.S. Trade Remedy Enforcement

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By Terence P. Stewart and Elizabeth J. Drake

The World Trade Organization is overstepping its mandate and disproportionally targeting U.S. trade remedy laws. As a result, the WTO is threatening America’s ability to defend U.S. workers & manufacturers from unfair trade.

The Takeaways

  1. The United States is one of 164 WTO members. Yet it has been the target of 38 separate decisions in trade remedy disputes, five times more than any other member.

  2. The U.S. accounted for just 12.73 percent of trade remedy measures imposed by WTO members from 1995 to 2015. Yet the U.S. was subject to 57.5 percent of the WTO's decisions in trade remedy disputes.

  3. Legal scholars, presidential administrations, Members of Congress and other WTO members have repeatedly expressed concern about the WTO's Appellate Body for going beyond its mandate and creating new rights and obligations beyond those contained in WTO agreements.

The WTO is Undermining America’s Trade Laws

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