MJIEL Vol 5 Issue 1 2008 - Book Review 1

Consultation within WTO Dispute Settlement: A Chinese Perspective.

By Qi Zhang, Bern: Peter Lang, 2007,

ISBN 978-3-03911-239-5, 326 pp.


Dr. Qi Zhangs book Consultation within WTO Dispute Settlement: A Chinese Perspective[1] based on her doctoral dissertation provides an important contribution to the academic research on consultation proceeding of the WTO dispute settlement system. It seems that the consultation proceeding regime has not been treated as a focus of study for the WTO dispute settlement system[2] even though 369 consultations have been requested since 1 January 1995.[3]

[1] Qi Zhang, Consultation within WTO Dispute Settlement: A Chinese Perspective, (Peter Lang, 2007) [hereinafter Zhang].

[2] See, e.g., Jeff Waincymer, WTO Litigation: Procedural Aspects of Formal Dispute Settlement, Cameron May, 2002; David Palmeter and Petros C. Mavroidis, Dispute Settlement in the World Trade Organization: Practice and Procedure, London: Cambridge University Press, 200); Key Issues in WTO Dispute Settlement: the first ten years, Edited by Rufus Yerxa and Bruce Wilson, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. As mentioned by Professor Thomas Cottier, the supervisor of Dr. Zhangs doctoral dissertation, the consultation process “has so far received relative little attention in scholarly work”. Zhang, preface.

[3] Update of WTO Dispute Settlement Cases, WT/DS/OV/32, 24 January 2008

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