Washington D.C. – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today released a new paper entitled “Resolving the WTO Appellate Body Crisis: Proposals on Overreach” which contains recommendations designed to avoid future judicial overreach and strengthen the legitimacy of the Appellate Body. The paper was prepared by Bruce Hirsh of Tailwind Global Strategies LLC – a former USTR official who represented the U.S. in dispute settlement matters in Geneva.
“A breakthrough of some sort on the Appellate Body deadlock is badly needed in Geneva. We commissioned this paper by Bruce because we think the demise of WTO dispute settlement would be a lose-lose for all Members,” said Rufus Yerxa, President of the NFTC. “We urge Members to read the paper and reflect on his proposals, which we believe can contribute to a productive dialogue to resolve this crisis.”
The paper includes six key proposals:
To read the full paper, click here.