WTO: 2011 NEWS ITEMS

DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

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> Further information will be available within the next few days in documents WT/DS394/11WT/DS395/11WT/DS398/10

Parties to a dispute can appeal a panel's ruling. Appeals have to be based on points of law, such as legal interpretation — they cannot re-open factual findings made by the panel. Each appeal is heard by three members of a permanent seven-member Appellate Body comprising persons of recognized authority and unaffiliated with any government. The Appellate Body membership broadly represents the geographic range of WTO membership, with each member appointed for a fixed term. Generally, the Appellate Body has up to 3 months to conclude its report.

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