December 5, 2023

Case Law

Below are links to trade-related disputes from the Caribbean Court of Justice and from the World Trade Organisation’s dispute settlement body in which Caribbean countries were involved either as complainants or third parties:

Caribbean Court of Justice – Original Jurisdiction

The Caribbean Court of Justice in its original jurisdiction hears disputes between parties to the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. Below are its major decisions so far:

Bain v Trinidad & Tobago

TCL & Arawak Cement Ltd v Barbados

Tomlinson v Belize & Trinidad & Tobago

Rudisa Beverages & Juices v Guyana

Myrie v Barbados

TCL v The CARICOM Competition Commission

Hummingbird v Suriname

Trinidad Cement Limited v The Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Trinidad Cement Limited v Guyana

Trinidad Cement Limited v Guyana

World Trade Organisation Dispute Settlement Body

Below are some of the major WTO disputes in which Caribbean countries have been complainants or third parties:

Australia — Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging

Dominican Republic — Safeguard Measures on Imports of Polypropylene Bags and Tubular Fabric

United States — Measures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services

United States — Tax Treatment for “Foreign Sales Corporations”

European Communities — Export Subsidies on Sugar

European Communities — Export Subsidies on Sugar

European Communities – Export Subsidies on Sugar