GoJIL Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
The Use of Scholarship by the WTO Appellate Body
Sondre T. Helmersen
This article examines the use of scholarship by the WTO Appellate Body. While it is not possible to say definitively how the Appellate Body views the legal status of scholarship in WTO dispute settlement, its use of scholarship will in practice determine its status. The article identifies three overall trends: the Appellate Body's use of scholarship has declined, the Appellate Body uses scholarship mostly for matters of general international law (as opposed to WTO law), and the Appellate body has generally been careful in its use of scholarship. Possible explanations for these trends may include an increase in available precedents, the Appellate Body's specialized role, criticism of the Appellate Body, and its members' backgrounds.
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