The Blockage of the WTO Appellate Body

Some Notes on State Responsibility and Dispute Settlement in International Trade

  • Horacio Infante Caffi Universidad de Chile
  • Felipe Tagle Ramírez Investigador independiente, Chile

Resumen

The United States has not agreed to appoint members to the six vacant positions in the WTO Appellate Body. This is known as the blockage of the AB, based on various criticisms but apparently on a trade strategy to strengthen its position on China, within the context of a trade war with that country. The blockage of the AB affects the dispute settlement system and seriously compromises WTO trade system itself. The main purposes of thie article are: i.- to analyze whether there is international responsibility in the blockage of the AB, and ii.- to consider possible solutions to this blockage within and outside of the WTO legal system.

Biografía del autor

Horacio Infante Caffi es profesor de Derecho procesal en la Universidad de Chile y LLM en Derecho internacional y de inversiones, comercio y arbitraje de las Universidades de Chile y Ruprecht Karls Heidelberg Universität.
Felipe Tagle Ramírez es abogado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile y LLM en Derecho internacional y de inversiones, comercio y arbitraje de las Universidades de Chile y Ruprecht Karls Heidelberg Universität.
Palabras clave Dispute Settlement Understanding, World Trade Organization, Appellate Body, AB blockage, State Responsibility, International Law
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Infante Caffi, H., & Tagle Ramírez, F. (2021). The Blockage of the WTO Appellate Body. Revista Tribuna Internacional, 10(19), 55-69. doi:10.5354/0719-482X.2021.58073
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2021-06-30