Tuesday 28 April 2020 , 16:30 – 18:00
At the end of 2019, the Appellate Body (AB) at the World Trade Organization ceased to exist as we know it. It will remain inoperative until the appointment of new AB members, the timing of which is unclear. As a result, dispute settlement stopping at the panel level is now the norm, resembling how dispute settlement used to work during the GATT era. What can smaller countries do to protect themselves in a situation that increasingly resembles “gunboat diplomacy”?
To address this question, International Development Policy along with the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI), both based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, organised an online panel discussion on the Appellate Body crisis on April 28th 2020.
Prof. Joost Pauwelyn, Co-Director of the CTEI, introduced the event, and Fernando Piérola, Senior Lawyer at the ACWL, WTO, acted as moderator. Panelists included Ambassador Santiago Wills, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the WTO; Ambassador Manuel Tehankee, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the WTO; and Katherine Connolly, Dispute Settlement Lawyer. Prof. Ugo Panizza, Editor-in-Chief of International Development Policy, concluded the event.
The event was well attended, with over 300 attendees from across the globe.