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WTO appoints two new Appellate Body Members
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Jun '09
The WTO Dispute Settlement Body(DSB) appointed on 19 June 2009 the following two new members to the seven-member Appellate Body: Mr Ricardo Ramírez Hernández of Mexico for four years commencing on 1 July 2009 and Mr Peter Van den Bossche of the EC for four years commencing on 12 December 2009.

Messrs Ramírez and Van den Bossche will replace Mr Luiz Olavo Baptista, who resigned owing to health reasons with effect from 11 February 2009, and Mr Giorgio Sacerdoti, whose second and final term expires on 11 December 2009.The DSB also agreed to reappoint Mr David Unterhalter for a second four-year term starting on 12 December 2009.

The appointments were made according to the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) which stipulates that the Appellate Body shall “comprise persons of recognized authority, with demonstrated expertise in law, international trade and the subject matter of the WTO agreements generally.” The DSU also requires that the Appellate Body membership be broadly representative of the WTO membership. Candidates were nominated by WTO Members and interviewed by a Selection Committee comprising the Director-General, and the Chairpersons of the General Council, the DSB, the Council for Trade in Goods, the Council for Trade in Services and the TRIPS Council. The appointments were made by the DSB on the basis of the Selection Committee's recommendation and following consultations with WTO Members.

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