The Dispute Settlement Body met this week and considered three matters, all related to the US. The WTO website reported about the meeting . The International Law Prof Blog also has referred to this US focus of the DSB meeting. The three matters were:
1. Adoption of the Cloves Cigarettes Panel and Appellate Body Reports - The measures the US would take in terms of compliance is still awaited. Would it modify its legislation, maintain status quo and argue that changed circumstances signify compliance or allow retaliation?
"It was thus time, according to Antigua and Barbuda, for the US to do what it asks of others — to observe its international obligations in good faith and with due consideration for the rights and legal status of Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua and Barbuda informed the DSB that it had formally notified the US of its desire to seek recourse to the good offices of the DG in finding a mediated solution to this dispute."Does this statement indicate a "credibility" pressure for countries to comply with Panel/AB decisions? While a country seeks compliance from others, its credibility is at stake when it is on the other side.
On the whole, a US "dominated" DSB week!