Developing Countries in WTO Dispute Settlement

23 March 2010

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In this lecture, Frieder Roessler, Executive Director of the Geneva-based Advisory Centre on WTO Law, will discuss the dispute settlement system of the WTO and the participation of developing countries in WTO dispute settlement.

As the Executive Director of the Advisory Centre on WTO Law - a Geneva-based international organization providing legal advice on WTO law, support in WTO dispute settlement proceedings and training in WTO law to developing countries - and a former Director of legal Affairs of the GATT and the WTO, Mr Roessler is in a unique position to understand how developing countries use the WTO dispute settlement system and the obstacles they face. He will present some insights into the operation of that system and how developing countries can benefit from it.

Frieder Roessler has been the Executive Director of the ACWL since it began its operations in 2001. He was Director of Legal Affairs of the GATT from 1989 and then the WTO until 1995. His main task at the GATT and the WTO was to advise dispute settlement panels and to prepare drafts of their reports or supervise their preparation by his staff. He was also closely involved in the legal aspects of the Uruguay Round negotiations and participated in the legal drafting process at the end of the Round.

After leaving the WTO, Mr Roessler joined the Faculty of Law of Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He has also been an adjunct professor at the Jean Moulin University of Lyon and at Paris and taught at the universities of St Gallen in Switzerland and of Minnesota in the United States.

Mr Roessler is visiting under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Special Visits Program.

Time: Lecture: 5.30pm-6.30pm (registration from 5pm)

Location: Faculty Common Room Lvl 4, Sydney Law School, New Law Building, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

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