Readership: Scholars and post-graduate students of WTO law and international dispute settlement; practitioners and government officials involved in WTO cases
Michelle T. Grando, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto; Fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University
Michelle Grando is an associate in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Previously, she worked in the Appellate Body Secretariat and Rules Division of the WTO, and the Legal Service of the European Commission. She was also a Fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University, where she served as the Editorial Assistant to the Journal of International Economic Law. Michelle holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, an LLM and SJD from the University of Toronto, and an LLB from the Universidade Federal de Santa
Catarina in Brazil.
"Grando writes with a fluid and clear style, and there are many useful summaries of key points and themes at the ends of chapters and elsewhere. There is a short but usable index. The book has been carefully edited; there are few of the glitches too frequently found in modern legal publishing." - James Crook, Transnational Dispute Management
"...one of the first books to present an in-depth analysis of various procedural issues related to evidence, proof, and fact-finding in WTO Dispute Settlement...One of the major qualities of this book is that the author is not only able to explain such very technical concepts, rendering them understandable also even to those who have never appeared in a domesdtic Court, but she also proposes
solutions to address the problems identified that have the double merit of being in almost all cases the right ones while at the same time also pragmatic"
"...the central and most valuable aspect of this interesting text is the useful discussion of the theoretical issues of how fact-finding should be conducted and the burden of proof allocated. For this reason, the fact that the text is restricted to the WTO dispute settlement process should not inhibit the lawyer and legal scholar from including this book in their reading list" - Stephen Mason, International and Comparative Law Quarterly
"The problems that are illustrated in this text apply across the globe, and will continue to exercise politicians internationally." - Stephen Mason,
"This is a fine book...Grando writes with a fluid and clear style, and there are many useful summaries of key points and themes at the ends of chapters and elsewhere." - Transnational Dispute Management
1: Optimizing the Process of Fact-Finding
2: Basic Concepts
3: Functioning of the Burden of Proof
4: The Allocation of the Burden of Proof
5: The Main Actors in the Process of Fact-Finding and the Development of the Factual Record
Appendix: Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes