For those who missed the webinar on Appellate Body crisis and what the future holds for WTO dispute settlement, here is the video recording of the session. The session had Peter Van den Bossche, Joost Pauwelyn, Simon Lester and Cherise Valles debating on what is in store and how to get there!
The session brought up interesting insights on the standard of appellate review, the impartiality and fairness of judicial review, complexity of WTO cases, alternatives to the Appellate Body and how far they will go, differential deference standard for trade remedy cases and what the future holds for dispute settlement.
One would have to wait and see if the appellate review process gets back on track at the WTO anytime soon. What are the implications of this for multilateral trade rule enforcement, access to a rules based system, reversion to power dynamics in trade relations as well as the efficacy of global rules themselves.