Jurisdiction and Applicable Law in the WTO
Senior Lecturer Lorand Bartels (Cambridge University) presents his recent research on the law applicable by WTO panels and the Appellate Body in dispute settlement proceedings.
Bartels looks at several discrete legal questions in which the question of the applicable law arises:
- questions concerning the proper establishment of a panel
- questions concerning preconditions to the exercise of jurisdiction by a panel
- questions concerning the application and (which is different) the applicability of rules of law to the facts of a matter.
In each case the paper considers the law at issue, the law applicable to questions about that law, and the competence of WTO panels and the Appellate Body and (where relevant) the Dispute Settlement Body, to apply that law in answering these questions.
The PluriCourts lunch series gathers researchers from various backgrounds, including law, political science and philosophy to discuss on-going research on international courts and tribunals. The lunches occur on Wednesdays.