3 June 2013, Geneva, Switzerland - Described by the World Trade Organization as the central pillar of the multilateral trading system, dispute settlement stands as the organization’s unique contribution to the global economic architecture.

Given the technical aSDWTOnd legal intricacy of the WTO’s dispute settlement framework, the sensitizing of those directly and indirectly involved in international trade policies, academic research and international commercial matters is of critical importance to the effective working of the process.

Launched on June 3rd, 2013, the UNITAR e-learning course on “The Settlement of Disputes under the World Trade Organization” not only includes valuable learning content, but also provides an interactive platform for the participants to network, engage and discuss across geographic barriers issues pertinent to their work.

The course is facilitated by the eminent trade law expert Dr. El Hadji Diouf. Dr. Diouf serves as an advisor to national governments and international organizations, and regularly teaches at universities and training institutions around the globe. Prior to becoming an international consultant, Dr. Diouf was Director of the Programme on Economic Partnership Agreements and Regional Integration at the Geneva-based International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and Editor of the French edition of the ICTSD Bridges Weekly newsletter on global trade and sustainable development.

The diverse nature of the course participants – in addition to the broad range of the facilitator’s expertise - renders lively and insightful discussions on pertinent issues such as the institutionality of the WTO, jurisprudence under the GATT 1947 and legal issues before the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) panels.

Below are some comments received from a participant in the last session of the same course:

“The experience was very rewarding, stimulating and it highlighted cases which were impactful in the understanding of the DSU and the role of the Appellate body.” (Anonymous feedback received through the end-of-course survey)

For more information about this and other UNITAR e-Learning courses in the areas of finance, trade and intellectual property, please see: http://www.unitar.org/pft/events.