Latin American Journal of International Trade Law vol:1 issue:2 pages:211-232
European Union Studies Association Biennial Conference edition:13 location:Baltimore, United States date:9-11 May 2013
This paper addresses how Brazil’s use of the WTO dispute settlement vis-à-vis the EU has an impact on trade relations between both parties. After describing their economic relationship, it is demonstrated that Brazil and the EU are not only successful and avid users of the dispute settlement system, but are also striving to strengthen its judicialization. Together with indirect economic advantages and agenda-setting capacities, the judicialization of the WTO dispute settlement system can be considered factors by which Brazil relatively strengthened its position vis-à-vis the EU. However, the final section of the paper demonstrates how tensions within Mercosur, the rise of mega-regionalism and the prioritization of the EU’s negotiation capacity towards the U.S. and Japan, undermine Brazil’s position in trade relations with the EU.