Tuesday, January 26, 2016

WTO DSB Begins Process of Selecting New Member of Appellate Body

The Appellate Body for dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) will soon be in need of a new member. Ms. Yuejiao Zhang of China will step down at the end of May when her second four-year term expires.  The WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) has agreed with the Chairman’s proposal for appointment/reappointment of Appellate Body members. In particular, it agreed to launch a selection process to replace Ms Yuejiao Zhang, which consists of the establishment of a Selection Committee composed of the Director-General and the 2016 Chairpersons of the General Council, the Goods Council, the Services Council, the TRIPS Council and the DSB, to be chaired by the DSB Chair.

WTO members have until 15 March 2016 to submit nominations of candidates.  It is expected the Selection Committee will carry out its work in April/May 2016 in order to make a recommendation to the DSB by no later than 12 May 2016 so that the DSB can take a decision to appoint a new Appellate Body member at its regular meeting scheduled for 23 May 2016.

The DSB also agreed to request the DSB Chairman to carry out consultations on the possible reappointment of Mr Seung Wha Chang of Korea, whose first four-year term of office will expire on 31 May 2016.  Mr Chang is eligible for reappointment by the DSB to a second term as Appellate Body member. 

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