Without enough judges in the Appellate Body to hear disputes, the WTO becomes a toothless tiger, its 13 appeals left in suspended animation and its 33 panels rendered ineffectual. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

The US will regret breaking WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism

  • From December 11, the WTO’s Appellate Court will stop hearing disputes, forcing the growing number of countries subject to US tariff wars to take their own defensive actions
  • As disputes stack up over trade, climate change and tech taxes, one thing is for certain: the US will rue the day it broke the mechanism to settle disputes multilaterally
Without enough judges in the Appellate Body to hear disputes, the WTO becomes a toothless tiger, its 13 appeals left in suspended animation and its 33 panels rendered ineffectual. Photo: AFP
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