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Should Appellate Body Members Work Full Time?

  • Fernando Dias SimõesEmail author
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Abstract

The WTO’s Appellate Body is a standing body composed of 7 members whose mandate is to hear appeals from panel cases. While it is a permanent body, the members of the Appellate Body are not appointed full-time. This regime was based on the assumption that members would be called upon to hear only a small number of cases per year. The reality, however, is that the workload of the Appellate Body is completely different from what was originally assumed. There is an evident gap between the expectations of the creators of the Appellate Body, back in the year 1995, and the reality of our time and age. This chapter calls on WTO member states to seriously consider the overall impact of the current arrangement in the effectiveness and credibility of the dispute settlement system. Appointing members on a full-time regime is a minor yet imperative change to address the challenges facing the Appellate Body.

Keywords

Appellate Body Appellate Body members Part-time Full-time Appellate Body reform 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawChinese University of Hong KongSha TinHong Kong

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