The Appellate Body Secretariat provides legal and administrative support to the Appellate Body, in accordance with Article 17.7 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU). The Appellate Body Secretariat is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The current Director of the Appellate Body Secretariat is Werner Zdouc, who heads a team of ten lawyers and four support staff. Appellate Body Secretariat staff members are bound by the Rules of Conduct for the DSU, which seek to ensure independence, impartiality, the avoidance of conflicts of interest, and the confidentiality of the proceedings. The Rules of Conduct can be found as Annex II to the Working Procedures for Appellate Review. Appellate Body Secretariat staff also participate in technical cooperation activities carried out by the WTO Secretariat, especially those related to dispute settlement.
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