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Dispute Settlement in WTO: How Does it Really Work? Print
Brown Bag Seminar, Speaker: Christian Häberli, Senior Consultant WTI/NCCR Trade Regulation, Individual Project "Agriculture" (IP 5)
10 November 2008, 12.15 - 13.45, Auditorium Anna Nussbaum, WTI, Berne, Switzerland

Some personal views of an insider on Dispute Settlement for newcomers

How to become a panellist despite being nominated by your government? How important is dispute settlement really? How does it work behind the screens? Finding a "positive solution" without rule-setting. Ambiguous agreements and sloppy scheduling. How bad is the DSU? Key players and their interests. The importance of home work even for well-meaning third parties and amici curiae. Can small countries win a case? Will dispute settlement continue when the Doha negotiations are in the doldrums?

Biography of the speaker

Christian Häberli studied law in Zurich, Geneva and Basel where he graduated in 1977 with a Ph.D. on the subject of African Investment Law; he also studied development sciences (1973-75) and obtained a degree at the Institut Universitaire d'Etudes du Développement in Geneva. After a short stint with Swissair, Geneva, as an Air Transport Employee (1977-78), his professional career started in 1978 at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), with 2 years each in Madagascar and Thailand, followed by 3 years with the Swiss Development Cooperation in Nepal. As from 1986 he worked at the Swiss Federal Department (Ministry) for Economic Affairs: At the Foreign Economic Affairs Office until 1999 (UNCTAD, UNIDO, UNCED, OECD and GATT/WTO), and until 2007 at the Agriculture Office (WTO, OECD, EU – as chair of the Swiss-EC Joint Agriculture Committee). In WTO, he chaired the Committee on Agriculture (Regular Session) and served or serves in a number of panels, namely in EC - Bananas, Japan - Apples, EC - Biotech and China - Trading Rights. Numerous publications on legal and political aspects of trade, development, commodity and environmental issues, ethics, agriculture, non-trade concerns, and WTO. In WTI/NCCR, he works as a Senior Consultant on various trade, agriculture and development policy issues.

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