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.