Since its founding, one of the WTO’s crowning achievements was its dispute settlement mechanism. This was particularly highlighted by the functioning of the Appellate Body. Through much of its existence, this dispute settlement system largely succeeded in maintaining a rules-based world trade order.
However, as the XII WTO Ministerial approaches, this crown jewel of the WTO is in crisis. The Appellate Body is not functional now due to the position of the United States on the need for reform of the system of adjudication. Parallelly, alternative forms of resolving this issue - the Multi-Party Interim Appeal Arrangement has gained prominence. What is the future of dispute settlement at the WTO in the coming decade?
This panel is an opportunity to learn from experts in WTO dispute settlement about this crisis, its reasons, and potential ways forward.
Cherise Valles (Moderator)
o Deputy Director, Advisory Center on WTO Law
Peter Van den Bossche
o Director of Studies, World Trade Institute
o Co-Founder, WorldTradeLaw.net
o Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Introductions and facilitation by Srikar Mysore Sridhar, MC/MPA at HKS, Co-Chair of the Business & Government PIC.