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ICYMI: The U.S. should save the WTO appellate body

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ICYMI: The U.S. should save the WTO appellate body

11.20.19 08:59 AM

Americans for Prosperity Trade Policy Fellow Dan Pearson | The Hill The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body is about to expire, driven to oblivion by a U.S. decision to block the appointment of new judges. In December, terms of two of the three remaining members of the seven-member tribunal will end, causing the Appellate Body to go dormant due to lack of a quorum. At this time of acrimony and strife in international trade, demise of the Appellate Body would create still one more threat to the future of the global trading system. … The WTO dispute settlement system is worth saving. It has adjudicated hundreds of cases between member countries, including*more than 120*brought by the United States against trade-distorting measures of other nations. Although not perfect, the dispute settlement system has led to meaningful reductions in unfair practices and has helped to strengthen the rules-based international trading system. Since the United States is the world’s largest trading nation, it has been one of the major beneficiaries of the WTO process. The Trump administration has identified several shortcomings with respect to the Appellate Body’s procedures and decision making. It has been unwilling to engage in negotiations on specific issues […]

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