Fees

The ACWL charges modest fees for dispute settlement support

The ACWL charges fees in accordance with a time budget (pdf) established by the Management Board.

The time budget indicates the maximum number of hours that the ACWL may charge for its services related to each procedural step in a typical WTO dispute settlement proceeding.

It should be noted that not all the procedural steps listed in the time budget will necessarily occur in every proceeding.

Support in dispute settlement proceedings is billed at hourly rates.

Fees range from CHF162.00 per hour for Category C Members, CHF243.00 per hour for Category B Members, and CHF324.00 per hour for Category A Members. LDCs pay CHF40.00 per hour.

Maximum charges for a complainant or respondent (in Swiss francs)

ConsultationsPanel ProceedingsAppellate Body ProceedingsTotal
Category A47,628143,85685,212276,696
Category B35,721107,89263,909207,522
Category C23,81471,92842,606138,348
LDC5,88017,76010,52034,160

Maximum charges for a third-party (in Swiss francs)

Panel ProceedingsAppellate Body ProceedingsTotal
Category A20,73628,83649,572
Category B15,55221,62737,179
Category C10,36814,41824,786
LDC*2,5603,5606,120

* May be provided free of charge under certain conditions.

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