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Dispute Settlement Body (DSB)/Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU)

Impasse over AB selection process lingers on, US again criticised
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva, 27 October 2017)
The impasse over the launch of the process for the selection of new Appellate Body (AB) members to fill current and upcoming vacancies on the Appellate Body continues with the United States again saying that it is not in a position to agree to the launch of this process until its concerns over the continued service of former AB members are addressed.

No outcomes possible at MC11, unilateralist USA insists
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 16 October 2017)
The United States, which sent a low-level delegation to the Marrakesh meeting, continued to maintain its unilateral position that no outcomes are possible at the World Trade Organization's eleventh ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires beginning on 10 December, participants told SUNS.

US assault on DSU and DG's "deafening silence"
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva , 3 October 2017)
The United States appears to be mounting a sustained assault on the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) of the World Trade Organization, with the objective of eliminating the negative consensus rule, something that the US had principally pushed for in 1993 as a condition for its acceptance of the DSU.

US told to de-link its AB concerns from selection process
(Kanaga Raja, Geneva, 21 September 2017)
A large number of WTO Members have made clear to the United States that no linkage should be made between its concerns regarding the WTO Appellate Body (AB) and the launching of the selection process for new AB members.

DG Azevedo needs to come clean on his meeting with USTR
(D. Ravi Kanth, Geneva, 27 June 2017)
The World Trade Organization's Director-General Roberto Azevedo needs to come clean about his meeting with the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer early this month during which the USTR served notice about the changes the Trump administration wants to see in the Dispute Settlement Body, according to people familiar with the development.

 


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