Zuzanna Godzimirska publishes in Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law – University of Copenhagen

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26 August 2016

Zuzanna Godzimirska publishes in Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

Zuzanna Godzimirska publishes the article (De-)legitimation at the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism co-authored with Cosette Creamer in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 49(2) 2016, p. 1-43.

The article connects the study of international courts' legitimating efforts with their effects by empirically mapping how the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism's (DSM) exercise of authority has been received by the system's primary constituents—WTO Members. Drawing on an original dataset of statements made by WTO Members within meetings of the Dispute Settlement Body from 1995-2013 and a series of interviews, the article provides a descriptive analysis of expressed views on the DSM’s exercise of authority over time and across subsets of Members. In addition, through an in-depth examination of statements on focal reports, the article sheds new light on the sources of the DSM's legitimacy by identifying practices that contribute to reducing or enhancing it in the eyes of the primary constituents of this international institution.