Legal Reading Group: Rules and Values in International Adjudication: The case of the WTO Appellate body

Geir Ulfstein will introduce Rules and Values in International Adjudication: The case of the WTO Appellate body by Oisin Suttle.

Abstract

Current political challenges facing the WTO Appellate Body raise fundamental questions about the relationship between rules and values in international adjudication. This article applies insights from legal philosophy to identify the role values should play in WTO adjudication. It argues that nothing about the specifics of WTO law would justify excluding values from adjudication; that the doctrinal, political and institutional context of WTO adjudication makes a positivist account of the role of values untenable; but an anti-positivist account requires complementing established economic accounts of WTO law's purpose with an account of fairness and justice in trade and trade regulation.

The article is available here.

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The legal reading group meets on a regular basis to discuss leading publications on international courts and tribunals. The aim is to develop our understanding of an article/book chapter and how it might be relevant for our own projects, through sharing insights on its substance, merits, and broader context. The reading group managed by PluriCourts, but open to everyone that is interested.

Tags: Trade
Published Feb. 6, 2019 4:24 PM - Last modified May 9, 2019 3:17 PM