International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online)

Saudi Arabia’s Role as Third Party in WTO Anti-Dumping Conflicts
Mohammed Alamri

Abstract
One of the reasons for existence of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is to resolve disputes and conflicts relating to trade. These disputes emerge if a WTO member deems another member to be in violation of a trade commitment or agreement it has with the WTO. When conflict arises, it has been agreed by WTO members that settlement will be done through a multilateral system instead of a unilateral action. This means parties to the conflict will abide by the procedures and judgments of the WTO.When conflict arises before the WTO, such as failing to meet a member’s obligation contained in its trade policy measures, a third group of member governments could declare their interest in the case and thus acquire some rights. It is this third-party role, particularly of Saudi Arabia, that will be the subject of this legal analysis, specifically on anti-dumping conflicts. A brief explanation of the WTO’s dispute settlement (DS) system is provided hereunder to allow for better understanding of how conflicts are resolved and how third parties partake in DS. This paper will shed a light on the role of Saudi Arabia as a third party in WTO anti-dumping conflicts.

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