The WTO has achieved remarkable success in resolving international trade disputes. Over the past ten years, it has successfully handled approximately 400 cases. Professor Matsushita discusses decision-making by the Appellate Body, which is the appeals tribunal of the WTO and its key judicial institution. He explains the dynamics of decision-making and the factors that influence decisions, using examples from specific cases such as those involving environmental regulations and food safety.
Professor Matsushita was a member of the Appellate Body for five years, and discusses his experiences as part of the institution that makes the final decisions in trade cases. His lecture concludes by analyzing the challenges faced by the dispute-resolution procedures of the WTO.
Matsushita, Mitsuo, "Decision-Making in the WTO" (2006). The Morris Lecture in International and Comparative Law. 1.