The author is a partner with Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C., where his practice involves the litigation and settlement of trade disputes. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a trade negotiator with the State Department and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
The World Trade Organization is just one of the manifestations of the success of the Uruguay Round of recent international trade negotiations. As Grant Aldonas points out, the most significant and far-reaching reforms, however, were in the area of dispute resolution. This article, part of a broader examination of the history of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade as well as the evolving WTO, describes the basic framework for dispute settlement within that organization.