Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

D4 / 16 March 2005

Australian Perspectives On WTO Dispute Settlement

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is inviting contributions to a forthcoming collection of Australian perspectives on World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement.

The publication will mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its dispute settlement system. It will contain Australian perspectives examining the performance so far of the WTO dispute settlement system and exploring how it could work better in future.

As a trading nation, Australia is firmly committed to ensuring that the WTO regime is open, equitable and enforceable. The WTO dispute settlement system is a crucial mechanism towards this. It provides security and predictability to the multilateral trading system and allows WTO members, whatever their economic size, to preserve rights and obligations provided for in WTO agreements. The WTO encompasses most of the world's major economic powers and most of Australia's trading partners.

Initial abstracts are due by the end of March, with full papers due by the end of May 2005.

Media Inquiries: Justin Lee, DFAT Media Liaison 02 6261 1555