WTO: 2014 NEWS ITEMS

DISPUTE SETTLEMENT

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Following a request from the participants in the disputes European Communities — Measures Prohibiting the Importation and Marketing of Seal Products (EC — Seal Products)(WT/DS400 / WT/DS401), the Appellate Body in these appellate proceedings has decided to open the oral hearing to public observation by delegates of the WTO Members and members of the general public via simultaneous closed-circuit broadcast to a separate viewing room. The oral hearing will take place from Monday, 17 March to Wednesday, 19 March 2014.

In the light of limited seating capacity, the places reserved for the public will be allocated on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of a completed Registration form. Completed forms should be sent by e-mail only to the following address: ABRegistration@wto.org. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m., Geneva time, on Friday, 7 March 2014. Duly registered delegates of WTO Members and members of the general public will be provided further information regarding the hearing on Thursday, 13 March 2014. Those attending will need to present a valid passport to access the viewing room. Please note that no audio / video recording will be permitted. Portable phones must be switched off throughout the hearing. Security checks may delay access to the viewing room.

The WTO is unable to offer any support, including financial, for accommodation, flight arrangements or visas.

ONLY THOSE WHO ARE NOTIFIED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DULY REGISTERED WILL BE ADMITTED.

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