Why the WTO Appellate Body Crisis Matters to the CaribbeanDr. Jan Yves Remy and Alicia Nicholls The Appellate Body (AB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) – the final court charged with hearing appeals on points of law at the WTO – faces an existential crisis. On 10 December 2019, the terms of two of its remaining three members…November 26, 2019In “Business”Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part I]By Elizabeth Morgan Twenty-five (25) years ago, Jamaica formally became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 9th March 1995. The independent international organization, the WTO, superseded the United Nations (UN) affiliated General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) on 1st January 1995. Prior to this, Jamaica was…March 10, 2020In “Indepth”Selecting the new WTO DG – The CandidatesBy Elizabeth Morgan Phase I of the selection process, nomination of candidates, for the new Director General (DG) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended on July 8. I addressed the selection process in my article of May 27. You may still be wondering why the Member States of the…July 15, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Reports indicate that between 1995-2018, the USA has been the most active complainant winning over 90% of cases which it initiates. It loses about 80% of cases brought against it by other Members. In wins and losses, other members’ results mirror that of the US in percentages. Yet, President Donald Trump makes the claim that the USA is greatly disadvantaged in WTO dispute settlement. The Trump Administration thus has refused to support the appointment of members of the Appellate Body, pushing the mechanism to the brink of an operational crisis in the midst of trade disputes with China and other Members. The DSU was adopted in 1994 at the end of the GATT Uruguay Round supported by the USA and others to make dispute settlement more effective. A review was required by 1998. Disadvantages to CARICOM Members Regarding cases involving CARICOM Members, the USA, from 1996, supported Latin American countries in successfully challenging the European Commission’s (EC’s) banana regime from which Caribbean countries, members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, benefitted. The ACP countries were third parties in this case. The EC’s sugar regime was later also successfully challenged by Australia, Brazil and Thailand and again ACP beneficiaries were third parties. Only one CARICOM Member has been a party to a WTO dispute. That was Antigua and Barbuda versus the USA in its Gambling case, 2003-2007. The ruling favoured Antigua and Barbuda, but to date this dispute has not been settled. While the US complains about disadvantages in the DSM, the severely disadvantaged Members are small, trade dependent, developing countries who find it difficult to use the mechanism. It is costly and time-consuming, requiring technical and legal expertise. Small members also cannot retaliate against the large, powerful trading nations. They do not proceed with complaints because of their complexity and concern about the political and commercial consequences. Opportunities for Caribbean nationals to serve as panelists are limited. Two Jamaicans have served. Regarding DSU review, at the 2001 4th WTO Ministerial Conference, it was agreed that this mandated review for further improvement would continue up to 2003. With no progress, it was further extended without a specific end date. Jamaica and other CARICOM Members have been participating in this process. There has been no real will among key Members to make progress. Yet, the Trump Administration is now acting unilaterally to paralyze the DSM. This development is another stimulus to WTO reform discussions. The DSU/DSM need to be reviewed and reformed as originally mandated. But, the reform should extend to enabling the small developing Members to effectively utilize the mechanism ensuring that beneficiaries are not only large traders. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part III] Mar 15, 2020 Selecting a New WTO Director General May 27, 2020 COVID-19 redesigning the Foreign Trade Policy Agenda Apr 1, 2020 Mar 10, 2020 Jamaica: 25 years at WTO [Part I] You may be interested in… By Elizabeth Morgan Dispute settlement is one of the most important functions of the World Trade Organization (WTO) which establishes global trade rules. It facilitates the rule of law by enabling Members to resolve their disputes in an international legal system. Dispute settlement was considered a WTO success as, since 1995, over 500 disputes have been initiated and 350 rulings delivered. The dispute settlement mechanism (DSM) is contained in the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes, commonly known as the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU). The mechanism enables Members to engage in dispute settlement procedures, including consultations, mediation, conciliation and good offices. If there is no resolution, a panel is requested and established. Following delivery of the panel report with its rulings, Members have resort to a standing appeals body (the Appellate Body) comprised of seven legal experts serving four year terms with the possibility of re-election once. The Member losing the case is required to take corrective measures. If this is not done in a specified time frame, the Member can be authorized to take retaliatory measures. The DSU also makes provision for arbitration. The Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) monitors the process.
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Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul bagged seven wickets yesterday for the Guyana Jaguars to extract the sting out of the Jamaica Scorpions on the opening day of their sixth-round West Indies Championship match at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.The pint-sized spinner ended with figures of seven for 59 from 30.4 overs, as the Jamaicans struggled to negotiate the Guyanese spinners after being asked to take the first strike and were dismissed for 216.Jermaine Blackwood was once again the only bright spark for the home side, as the right-hander top-scored with a valiant 59 from 132 balls.The day began with the hosts getting off to a decent start with the opening pair of John Campbell and Alwyn Williams putting on 40 runs for the first wicket.The introduction of left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer did the trick for captain Leon Johnson, as Campbell was controversially given out caught behind for 20.Permaul then began his demolition duties, as he bowled both Williams and Paul Palmer Jr. for 12 and 4 respectively, to leave the home side reeling at 60 for 3.Blackwood and Nkrumah Bonner began the recovery mission and the pair added 58 runs for the fourth wicket before Permaul had Bonner lbw for 15.Blackwood and Denis Smith then shared in another useful 38 run partnership, but when Blackwood played around one from Permaul to be lbw for 59, the Scorpions innings went into decline.Smith fought his way to 23 from 82 balls, but when he was the eight-wicket to fall with the score on 197, the Scorpions innings quickly folded with Permaul having Nicholson Gordon caught at slip for 18.Off-spinner Kevin Sinclair picked up two wickets for two runs.The Guyanese openers safely negotiated two overs late in the day without a loss a wicket.