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Body Annual Report 2007
Members of the Appellate Body have four-year terms. They have to be
individuals with recognized standing in the field of law and
international trade, and not affiliated with any government. Each appeal
by a WTO member is heard by three members of the Appellate Body.
Thirteen appeals were filed in 2008. Its reports, once adopted by the
DSB, must be accepted by the parties to the dispute.
The Appellate Body receives legal and administrative support from the
Appellate Body Secretariat. The Secretariat currently comprises a
Director and a team of ten lawyers, one administrative assistant, and
three support staff.
The Appellate Body Annual Report 2008 provides a summary of the
activities undertaken in 2008 by the Appellate Body and its Secretariat.
The Report contains information about the composition of the Appellate
Body, appeals filed, Appellate Body reports circulated and the
subject-matter of these reports, and participation of WTO members in the