The WTO Dispute Settlement System and its Multifaceted Role

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 18:00 - 19:00, followed by a reception

J Z Young Theatre, UCL Anatomy Building, Gower Street

Speaker: Gabrielle Marceau, WTO
Chair: Dr Danai Azaria, UCL

This talk is part of the International Law Association (British Branch) Lecture Series.

About this talk:
The Lecture will be divided in two parts: First, the basic characteristics of this WTO dispute settlement mechanism (DSM) will be briefly explained: who are the main actors in today’s WTO DSM system; the automaticity of the adjudication process and the improvement of the system of countermeasures. In the second part, three areas where the jurisprudence has importantly evolved will be discussed:

  • On Peru – Guatemala and the place of RTAs in the WTO legal system;
  • On Argentina – Financial Services and how the WTO can deal with corruption;
  • On US – Tuna dispute, and other TBT disputes and the new concept of legitimate regulatory distinction (or the old PPMs concerns).

About the speaker:
Gabrielle Marceau, Ph.D., is Senior Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO Secretariat. She joined the GATT Secretariat in September 1994. Like other LAD colleagues, her main function is to advise panellists in WTO disputes, the Director-General’s Office, the Secretariat and WTO Members on WTO-related matters.

From September 2005 to January 2010, Mrs Marceau was legal advisor in the Cabinet of former WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy and from September 2016 to January 2017, she was acting director Officer in charge for LAD.  Ms Marceau has advised panelists in more than 20 WTO panels proceedings involving several disputes.

Gabrielle Marceau is also Associate Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva; she has been Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the Sorbonne in Paris, Monash University in Melbourne, the World Trade Institute in Bern, and others. Professor Marceau is President of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), and is also involved with other associations and groups promoting international law. Professor Marceau has published extensively in WTO law and international economic law. A selection of her publications can be found at

Before joining the GATT Secretariat, Gabrielle Marceau, member of the Quebec/Canada Bar worked in private practice in Quebec, mainly in labour, insurance law and civil law.