Thursday, June 11, 2009
The World Trade Organization (WTO) continues to experiment with increased transparency, announcing that it will once again open a dispute resolution proceeding to public viewing at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The decision came at the request of the parties in European Communities and its Member States - Tariff Treatment of Certain Information Technology Products. The dispute involves a complaint by the United States, Japan, and Chinese Taipei that the European Communities and its Member States are not according certain information technology products the duty free treatment to which they are entitled under the Information Technology Agreement. The public viewing will be of the panel's second hearing with the parties, which is scheduled for 10 am on July 9, 2009. For more information and to reserve a seat in the viewing room, click here. Registration has also begun for public viewing of the WTO Appellate Body's June 29-30 oral hearing in United States-Measures relating to Zeroing and Sunset Reviews-Recourse to Article 21.5 of the DSU by Japan. To obtain more information or to register to see that dispute, click here.