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These institutions, all of which are affiliated with members of the
Appellate Body, plan to focus the conferences on current dispute
settlement issues and the Appellate Body’s contribution to this system.
Participants will include current and former Appellate Body Members,
senior government representatives, WTO Secretariat officials, academics,
journalists, students, and members of civil society.
Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi will give the keynote address at
the first conference in this series and former Director-General Renato
Ruggiero will give the inaugural address. This conference will take
place at Stresa, Italy, 11-13 March 2005 and will be organized by the
Research Centre on International Economic Organisations of the
Universities of Piemonte Orientale, Torino, Genova, Milano, and Bocconi.
Mr. Giorgio Sacerdoti, Professor of Bocconi University and a Member of
the Appellate Body, is on the conference steering committee.
The second conference will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, 15-17 May 2005.
It is being organized by the Brazilian Institute of International Trade
Law and Development in cooperation with the University of São Paulo (Law
School/International Law Department) and the Administrative Institute
Foundation. Mr. Luiz Olavo Baptista, Professor at the University of São
Paulo Law School and a Member of the Appellate Body, is on the
conference steering committee.
The third conference will be held at the United Nations University in
Tokyo, Japan, 25-27 October 2005. It is being organized by Tokyo Keizai
University with the support of governmental and semi-governmental
agencies. The WTO Research Center of Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo
and the Institute for International Studies and Training will also
participate in the project. Mr. Yasuhei Taniguchi, Professor at Tokyo
Keizai University and a Member of the Appellate Body, is a member of the
conference steering committee, which is coordinated by the Fair Trade
Other conferences will be held later in 2005 and in early 2006 in Cairo,
Sydney and New York City.
Updated information on the series of conferences and on each event will
be made available on a regular basis. Registration procedures will be
posted as they become available.
For additional information on any of the planned conferences contact
Judy Cowell by email at email@example.com.