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Wednesday, 06 July 2016

A Step Too Far or a Legitimate Balancing Act? Reflection on the US decision to block the reappointment of a WTO Judge of Appeal


SAIIA is holding a roundtable discussion on 'A Step Too Far or a Legitimate Balancing Act? Reflection on the US decision to block the reappointment of a WTO Judge of Appeal' led by Professor Meredith Lewis.

The South African Institute of International Affairs seeks to generate an informed discussion around the US decision to block the reappointment of Judge Professor Seung Wa Chang to the WTO. Some of the issues that the discussion led by Professor Meredith Lewis seeks to discuss include the implications of the US decision on the independence of the WTO’s most coveted institution, its dispute settlement body, and the role of member states in ensuring the independence and integrity of the dispute settlement unit (DSU). SAIIA hopes that the discussion will  engage frankly with the political and economic importance of the US decision on the future of the WTO.

Read the summary and recommendations of SAIIA's two-year project, ' pdf Restoring Multilateral Trade Co-operation (472 KB) '.

Event details

Date:         6 July 2016
Venue:      SAIIA Head Office, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand
Time:        18h30 for 19h00-20h15, to be followed by a light cocktail
RSVP:        Please email if you would like to attend

Speaker Biography

Meredith Kolsky Lewis’s research focuses on international economic law, with a particular emphasis on international trade law and the World Trade Organisation. She teaches public and private international law subjects, including International Trade Law and International Business Transactions. She is also Director of the Cross-Border Legal Studies Center. Lewis joined the State University New York Buffalo Law School faculty in January 2013 from the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, where she maintains an appointment.  She was a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law in 2010-11.  Lewis is Co-Executive Vice President and a founding member of the Society of International Economic Law; a member of the International Law Association’s International Trade Law Committee; and co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s “Law in the Pacific Rim Region” interest group. Lewis received her BA from Northwestern University and her J.D. and MSFS degrees from Georgetown University.  Prior to entering academia she practiced international trade and litigation in the Washington, DC and Tokyo offices of Shearman & Sterling LLP.