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Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions - Conference

The Goettingen Journal of International Law is pleased to announce that we will take part in a conference in November 2018. The joint research project of the Institute of International and European Law of the University of Göttingen and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law will be holding this conference in Göttingen, Germany under the title “Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions”. The conference is a culmination of a joint research project directed by Prof. Tomer Broude and Prof. Andreas L. Paulus and examines economic and social rights from a comparative perspective, looking at German, Israeli and European legal systems and their respective constitutional, legislative and jurisprudential experiences, as well as the universal human rights framework under the auspices of the United Nations. In addition to this call, Prof. Paulus and Prof. Broude, junior researchers of the project and associate and invited scholars will present their research at the conference.

Scholars who work on economic and social rights are invited to submit abstracts. The proceedings of the conference and papers presented will be published in one of our upcoming issues. See the call for papers and the conference website for more details.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 1 June 2018. Accepted proposals will be notified by 1 July 2018. Full papers due for submission by 1 November 2018.

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The Supplement of Deficiencies in the Complaint Within the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism

Ana Constanza Conover



This paper analyzes the underprivileged status of developing countries as complainants in the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. After addressing the existing special and differential treatment provisions under the DSU, the competences of WTO panels, the role of complaints and the experience of developing countries as complainants within the WTO DSM, the author proposes an amendment to Article 7 of the DSU that would allow panels to supplement deficiencies in the complaints of developing-country and least-developed country Members, to compensate for a general lack of financial and human resources in these countries. Such amendment, as a means to correct defective or incomplete motions filed by the complainant party to a dispute, would enable panels to correct mistakes in the citation of legal authority and to remedy any deficiency found in the requests for the establishment of WTO panels, as well as the complainants’ first written submissions.


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