[DEBATE] : South African Unterhalter appointed member of WTO appellate body
Riaz K Tayob
riazt at iafrica.com
Fri Sep 29 11:03:27 BST 2006
28 September 2006
Mr David Unterhalter sworn-in as new Appellate Body Member
Mr. David Unterhalter (South Africa) was sworn inon 28 September 2006 as
Member of the Appellate Body at a ceremony at the WTO.
Mr. David Unterhalter (South Africa) was sworn in today as Member of the
Appellate Body at a ceremony at the WTO. Mr. A.V. Ganesan (India), the
Chairman of the Appellate Body, administered the declaration undertaken
by Mr. Unterhalter.78 reports
Director-General Pascal Lamy congratulated Mr. Unterhalter and noted the
Appellate Body's role in preserving the rights and obligations of WTO
Members and in contributing to the development of the international rule
of law. The Chairman of the Dispute Settlement Body, Ambassador Muhamad
Noor of Malaysia, added his congratulations and best wishes, on behalf
of all WTO Members.
The other Members of the Appellate Body are: Mr. Georges Abi-Saab
(Egypt), Mr. Luiz Olavo Baptista (Brazil), Ms. Merit Janow (United
States) Mr. Giorgio Sacerdoti (Italy), and Mr. Yasuhei Taniguchi
(Japan). Persons serving on the Appellate Body are appointed by the
Member States of the WTO.
The Appellate Body was established in 1995 to hear appeals from dispute
panel reports on issues of law covered in the panel report and legal
interpretations developed by the panel. The Appellate Body can uphold,
modify or reverse the legal findings and conclusions of the panel.
Thirty days after it is issued, an Appellate Body report is adopted by
the Dispute Settlement Body, and unconditionally accepted by the parties
to the dispute, unless there is a consensus against its adoption. Since
its establishment, the Appellate Body has issued 78 reports, all of
which are available on the WTO website.
Biographical notes on all Appellate Body Members can be downloaded from
the WTO website.
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