Based on the Course on Dispute Settlement in International Trade, Investment and Intellectual Property, specially compiled for UNCTAD by renowned scholars and experts, this workshop offers a general and up-to-date review of rules of the World Trade Organization on trade in agricultural products and related dispute settlement procedures.
The programme focuses on the agricultural-sector-specific provisions in the Agreement on Agriculture and the general WTO rules in a number of other WTO Agreements that can impact agricultural trade. It also deals with the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures - the SPS Agreement - the substantive and procedural disciplines contained therein and the jurisprudence of the panels and Appellate Body of the WTO in respect of this Agreement. Particular emphasis will be given to the practical application of the WTO rules through the examination of key recent agriculture disputes and commercial practice among traders. Throughout, emphasis will be given to the position of developing countries in general and those of the African region in particular in the dispute settlement system.
The workshop is intended for a target audience of government officials, academics, practising lawyers, industry advisers and all others whose knowledge of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism on agriculture could contribute to meeting development targets.
The workshop can accommodate a limited number of participants and the deadline for applications is 20 October 2005.