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Participation in WTO Dispute Settlement: The Case of Amicus Briefs

Traditionally, only nation-states have had the right to participate in the creation and implementation of international law. This model led to non-transparent international negotiations and institutions managed behind closed doors. However, in the past decades, civil society and some governments have begun to demand more transparency and wider participation in international affairs. As a consequence, a number of intergovernmental organizations – including various bodies of the United Nations (UN) – international financial institutions and trade regimes are gradually moving toward more open and participatory governance.