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Ms Janow will commence her term on 11 December 2003 and Mr Taniguchi
will start his second term on the same day. Messrs Abi-Saab and Ganesan
will commence their second terms on 1 June 2004, immediately following
the expiry of their respective terms on 31 May 2004.
The appointments were made according to the Dispute Settlement
Understanding (DSU) which stipulates that the Appellate Body shall
“comprise persons of recognized authority, with demonstrated expertise
in law, international trade and the subject matter of the WTO agreements
generally.” The DSU also requires that the Appellate Body membership be
broadly representative of the WTO membership. These appointments were
made following consultations with WTO Members and on the basis of a
proposal by a Selection Committee comprising the Director-General, and
the Chairpersons of the General Council, the DSB, the Council for Trade
in Goods, the Council for Trade in Services and the TRIPS Council.
Notes to editors
1. A biographical note on Ms Janow is attached. Biographical notes on
the three reappointed members — Messrs Abi-Saab, Ganesan and Taniguchi —
are contained in Press/179, dated
25 May 2000. A biographical note on the outgoing member, Mr Bacchus, is
contained in Press/32, dated
29 November 1995. Biographical
data on all of the
members and former members may be found on the WTO web site.
2. The Appellate Body hears appeals from dispute settlement panel
reports on issues of law covered in the panel report and legal
interpretations developed by the panel. Three members of the Appellate
Body hear and determine any one appeal. The Appellate Body can uphold,
modify or reverse the legal findings and conclusions of a panel.
Appellate Body reports are adopted by the Dispute Settlement Body, and
unconditionally accepted by the parties to the dispute, unless there is
a consensus against adoption. Since its establishment in November 1995,
the Appellate Body has issued 56 reports and every report has been
Biographical note — Merit E. Janow
Born in the United States on 13 May 1958, Ms Merit E. Janow has been
since 1994 Professor in the Practice of International Economic Law and
International Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs
of Columbia University. She teaches advanced law courses in
international trade and comparative antitrust law along with courses on
international trade policy.
Before joining Columbia’s faculty in 1994, Ms Janow was Deputy Assistant
US Trade Representative for Japan and China (1990-93), and worked as a
corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions with the law
firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York (1988-90).
Ms Janow is the author of several books and has contributed chapters to
more than a dozen books. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan, and speaks
Japanese. Ms Janow served as a WTO panellist from September 2001 to
May 2002 in the dispute European Communities — Trade Description of