June 22, 2018

“Unprecedented challenges” confront Appellate Body, chair warns

Speaking at a public event on 22 June to present the WTO Appellate Body’s latest Annual Report, the Appellate Body chair, Ujal Singh Bhatia, said the body experienced an “extraordinarily strenuous year” in 2017 and now faces “unprecedented challenges” arising from the increasing number and complexity of appeals filed coupled with the ongoing stalemate over the appointment of new members. He urged WTO members to engage in constructive dialogue in order to address these challenges as a matter of priority. The text of his speech is below:

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