National Newswatch

On 11 December 2019, the term of two of the remaining three members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body (AB), Mr. Ujal Singh Bhatia (India) and Mr. Thomas R. Graham (US) came to an end. With only one member left, the AB can no longer meet the 3-member quorum required to review appeals. This not only brings the WTO’s dispute resolution mechanism to a grinding halt, but also challenges the rules-based trading system, and raises questions regarding the relevance of multilateral institutions in the current geopolitical environment.

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