Report on WTO from USTR Lighthizer raises trade concerns

Trade experts have expressed mixed views on a report from US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, which detailed concerns with the World Trade Organization, arguing that its appellate body “violates the rules imposed by WTO members.”

This comprehensive report provides crystal clear examples in specific cases of how the appellate body has altered substantively member states’ obligations above and beyond any of the WTO agreements’ text,” Thomas Beline, co-chair of the Committee to Support US Trade Laws’ (CSUSTL) Lawyers Committee, said in a statement.
“The report highlights the inherent problems of the dispute settlement system and the need to reform the system. It does not have any direct impact on previous cases involving steel products, but any appellate body reform may affect future cases even on the same issues and products,” Alan H. Price, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP and chair of the firm's International Trade practice, said.

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Elizabeth Ramanand

February 21, 2020

23:12 GMT

New York