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Lighthizer: WTO becoming too focused on litigation, must concentrate more on negotiations

December 11, 2017 at 10:22 AM
BUENOS AIRES – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday told other World Trade Organization members the U.S. believes some members are inappropriately using the WTO’s dispute settlement system to gain concessions at the negotiating table. “Many are concerned that the WTO is losing its essential focus on negotiation and becoming a litigation-centered organization,” Lighthizer said at the opening plenary session of the 11th ministerial conference here. “Too often members seem to believe they can gain concessions through lawsuits that...

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