The World Trade Organisation Appellate Body typically has seven people but needs a minimum of three judges to hear cases and issue rulings, but the tenures of two of the three current members will expire on December 10. Illustration: Kuen Lau

Donald Trump’s block on WTO judges creates ‘doomsday scenario’ for world trade disputes

  • The World Trade Organisation’s appeals body will be paralysed in December with US President Donald Trump blocking crucial reappointments of judges
  • Analysts say this may mean international trade disputes may never see resolution, leading to ‘chaos’ and damage to global trade
Topic |   World Trade Organisation (WTO)

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The World Trade Organisation Appellate Body typically has seven people but needs a minimum of three judges to hear cases and issue rulings, but the tenures of two of the three current members will expire on December 10. Illustration: Kuen Lau
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Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham

Finbarr Bermingham has been reporting on Asian trade since 2014. Prior to this, he covered global trade and economics in London. He joined the Post in 2018, before which he was Asia Editor at Global Trade Review and Trade Correspondent for the International Business Times.

Adam Behsudi

Adam Behsudi

Adam is a reporter for POLITICO.