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Public Private Partnership for WTO Dispute Settlement

Enabling Developing Countries

Amrita Bahri

Public Private Partnership for WTO Dispute Settlement is an interdisciplinary work examining the growing interaction between business entities and public officials. Crucially, it identifies how this relationship can enable developing countries to effectively utilize the provisions of the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Understanding (WTO DSU).
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Acknowledgements

Enabling Developing Countries

Amrita Bahri

I am indebted to Professor Gregory Shaffer, who has encouraged and guided me throughout this academic journey. His research works on WTO dispute settlement and developing countries are a source of inspiration for this work. I consider him and often refer to him as the ‘father’ of this area of law. I would also like to express my special appreciation and thanks to Dr Luca Rubini who has been a wonderful mentor and guide. Also, thanks to Dr Rilka Dragneva-Lewers, Mr N Jansen Calamita and Dr Celine Tan for their comments and feedback.

My words cannot express how grateful I am to the distinguished participants and interviewees who have made this work possible. I am particularly thankful to Niall Meagher, Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, Harsha Vardhana Singh, Rajan Sudesh Ratna, Abhijit Das, Anant Swarup, Petros Mavroidis, Henry Gao, Lothar Ehring, Marco Bronckers, Erwan Berthelot, William Davey, Celso de Tarso Pereira, Eduardo Chikusa, Lu Xiankun and Toufiq Ali, all of whom have enriched this work with their invaluable insights.

I am also indebted to ITAM University and my colleagues for giving me the best possible environment to accomplish this work within strict timelines and ongoing work constraints. Thanks to Andres Hernandez, an ITAM student, for his feedback and help with proofreading. I also thank my alma maters, University of Birmingham and London School of Economics, as they have played a vital role in shaping my thoughts, understanding and ambitions.

I want to express how grateful I am to Michael Flay (Mike), whom I met on a train to Birmingham, who then became a very special friend, and taught me some wonderful lessons about work and life, and then left the carriage of life to live in my heart and mind forever. Mike, this book will always remind me of our discussions in that next-door cafeteria, during train journeys and over drinks with our better-halves. I cherish the role you have played in my life.

I fall short of words to thank my mother, who has spent many sleepless nights and monotonous days to keep me going. I cannot wait to see the smile this book will bring to her face. Thanks to my role model, my father, who has always been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement. Finally, thanks to my dearest husband, Ankit, who has given me a life full of love and comfort. My love, this book would not have been possible without your faith in me.