There are fears that without a functional appeals system whose rulings are respected by WTO members, international trade disputes could spiral into damaging tit-for-tat tariff wars. Photo: AFPThere are fears that without a functional appeals system whose rulings are respected by WTO members, international trade disputes could spiral into damaging tit-for-tat tariff wars. Photo: AFP
There are fears that without a functional appeals system whose rulings are respected by WTO members, international trade disputes could spiral into damaging tit-for-tat tariff wars. Photo: AFP
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Global trade at threat as WTO finds itself shackled by old rules

  • The three great trading powers need to reconcile the European view of the Appellate Body as an activist court able to make rules, with the American view of its role as an enforcer of the rules

There are fears that without a functional appeals system whose rulings are respected by WTO members, international trade disputes could spiral into damaging tit-for-tat tariff wars. Photo: AFPThere are fears that without a functional appeals system whose rulings are respected by WTO members, international trade disputes could spiral into damaging tit-for-tat tariff wars. Photo: AFP
There are fears that without a functional appeals system whose rulings are respected by WTO members, international trade disputes could spiral into damaging tit-for-tat tariff wars. Photo: AFP
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