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DISPUTE SETTLEMENT: ARBITRATIONS

Arbitrations under Article 21.3(c) of the DSU

Article 21.3 of the DSU provides that a Member found to be in violation of its WTO obligations must comply with the rulings and recommendations of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) immediately. When immediate compliance is impracticable, however, the Member shall have a “reasonable period of time” to implement the DSB's rulings and recommendations. The “reasonable period of time” may be “the period of time proposed by the Member concerned, provided that such period is approved by the DSB” or “a period of time mutually agreed by the parties to the dispute”. If neither of these two options is possible, Article 21.3(c) provides that the “reasonable period of time” shall be “a period of time determined through binding arbitration”. Arbitrators are selected by the parties to the arbitration or, if they cannot agree on an arbitrator, the Director-General appoints the arbitrator. Thus far, every arbitration under Article 21.3(c) has been conducted by an Appellate Body Member acting in his individual capacity. The following table provides a list of ongoing arbitrations and Awards that have been issued pursuant to Article 21.3(c), arranged according to the year the arbitrator was appointed.

2013   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
China — Countervailing and Anti-Dumping Duties on Grain Oriented Flat-Rolled Electrical Steel from the United States China — GOES WT/DS414/12 Claus-Dieter Ehlermann DG 16/11/2012 03/05/2013 Administrative 8 Months and 15 Days (expiring on 31/07/2013)

  

2012   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
United States — Certain Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) Requirements US — COOL WT/DS384/24; WT/DS386/23 Giorgio Sacerdoti DG 23/07/2012 04/12/2012 Regulatory 10 Months (expiring on 23/05/2013)

  

2009   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
Colombia — Indicative Prices and Restrictions on Ports of Entry Colombia — Ports of Entry WT/DS366/13 Giorgio Sacerdoti DG 20/05/2009 02/10/2009 Regulatory 8 Months and 15 Days (expiring on 04/02/2010)

  

2008   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
United States — Final Anti-dumping Measures on Stainless Steel from Mexico US — Stainless Steel (Mexico) WT/DS344/15 Florentino P. Feliciano DG 20/05/2008 31/10/2008 Administrative 11 Months and 10 Days (expiring on 30/04/2009)
Japan — Countervailing Duties on Dynamic Random Access Memories from Korea Japan — DRAMS (Korea) WT/DS336/16 David Unterhalter Parties 17/12/2007 5/05/2008 Administrative 8 months and 2 weeks
Brazil — Measures Affecting Imports of Retreaded Tyres Brazil — Retreaded Tyres WT/DS332/16 Yasuhei Taniguchi DG 17/12/2007 29/08/2008 Judicial 12 months



2007   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
United States — Measures Relating to Zeroing and Sunset Reviews US — Zeroing (Japan) WT/DS322/21 Florentino P. Feliciano DG 23/01/2007 11/05/2007 N/A N/A 1


2005   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
European Communities — Customs Classification of Frozen Boneless Chicken Cuts EC — Chicken Cuts WT/DS269/13, WT/DS286/15 James Bacchus Parties 27/09/2005 20/02/2006 Legislative 9 months
European Communities — Export Subsidies on Sugar EC — Export Subsidies on Sugar WT/DS265/33, WT/DS266/33, WT/DS283/14 A.V. Ganesan Parties 19/05/2005 28/10/2005 Legislative 12 months and 3 days
Dominican Republic — Measures Affecting the Importation and Internal Sale of Cigarettes Dominican Republic — Import and Sale of Cigarettes WT/DS302/17 John Lockhart Parties 19/05/2005 29/08/2005 N/A N/A 1
United States — Measures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services US — Gambling WT/DS285/13 Claus-Dieter Ehlermann DG 20/04/2005 19/08/2005 Legislative 11 months and 2 weeks
United States — Sunset Reviews of Anti-Dumping Measures on Oil Country Tubular Goods from Argentina US — Oil Country Tubular Goods Sunset Reviews

WT/DS268/12

A.V. Ganesan Parties 17/12/2004 07/06/2005 Regulatory 12 months
  

2004   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
United States — Final Dumping Determination on Softwood Lumber from Canada US — Softwood Lumber V

WT/DS264/13

John Lockhart Parties 31/08/2004 13/12/2004 N/A N/A 1
European Communities — Conditions for the Granting of Tariff Preferences to Developing Countries EC — Tariff Preferences WT/DS246/14 John Lockhart DG 20/04/2004 20/09/2004 Legislative 14 months and 11 days
  

2003   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
United States — Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act of 2000 US — Offset Act
(Byrd Amendment)

WT/DS217/14
WT/DS234/22

Yasuhei Taniguchi DG 27/01/2003 13/06/2003 Legislative 11 months
  

2002   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
Chile — Price Band System and Safeguard Measures Relating to Certain Agricultural Products Chile — Price Band System

WT/DS207/13

John Lockhart Parties 23/10/2002 17/03/2003 Legislative 14 months
United States — Definitive Safeguard Measures on Imports of Circular Welded Carbon Quality Line Pipe from Korea US — Line Pipe WT/DS202/17 Yasuhei Taniguchi DG 08/03/2002 26/07/2002 N/A N/A 1
  

2001   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
United States — Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Products from Japan US — Hot-Rolled Steel

WT/DS184/13

Florentino P. Feliciano Parties 23/08/2001 19/02/2002 Regulatory — Legislative 15 months
Argentina — Measures Affecting the Export of Bovine Hides and the Import of Finished Leather Argentina — Hides and the Leather
(DSR 2001:XII, 6013)
WT/DS155/10 Florentino P. Feliciano Parties 16/02/2001 31/08/2001 Regulatory 12 months and 12 days
Canada — Term of Patent Protection Canada — Patent Term
(DSR 2001:V, 2031)
WT/DS170/10 Claus-Dieter Ehlermann Parties 12/10/2000 28/02/2001 Legislative 10 months
  

2000   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
United States — Anti-Dumping Act of 1916 US — 1916 Act
(DSR 2001:V, 2017)

WT/DS136/11
WT/DS162/14

A.V. Ganesan Parties 26/09/2000 28/02/2001 Legislative 10 months
United States — Section 110(5) of the US Copyright Act US — Section 110(5) Copyright Act
(DSR 2001:II, 657)
WT/DS160/12 Julio Lacarte-Muró Parties 27/07/2000 15/01/2001 Legislative 12 months
Canada — Certain Measures Affecting the Automotive Industry Canada — Autos
(DSR 2000:X, 5079)
WT/DS139/12
WT/DS142/12
Julio Lacarte-Muró Parties 19/06/2000 04/10/2000 Regulatory 8 months
Canada — Patent Protection of Pharmaceutical Products Canada — Pharmaceutical Patents (DSR 2002:1, 3) WT/DS114/13 James Bacchus Parties 07/04/2000 18/08/2000 Regulatory 6 months
Chile — Taxes on Alcoholic Beverages Chile — Alcoholic Beverages
(DSR 2000:V, 2583)
WT/DS87/15
WT/DS110/14
Florentino P. Feliciano Parties 12/01/2000 23/05/2000 Legislative 14 months and 9 days
  

1999   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
Korea — Taxes on Alcoholic Beverages Korea — Alcoholic Beverages
(DSR 1999:II, 937)

WT/DS75/16
WT/DS84/14

Claus-Dieter Ehlermann Parties 17/02/1999 04/06/1999 Legislative 11 months and 2 weeks
  

1998   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
Australia — Measures Affecting Importation of Salmon Australia — Salmon
(DSR 1999:I, 267)

WT/DS18/9

Said El-Naggar Parties 06/11/1998 23/02/1999 Regulatory 8 months
Indonesia — Certain Measures Affecting the Automobile Industry Indonesia — Autos
(DSR 1998:IX, 4029)
WT/DS54/15
WT/DS55/14
WT/DS59/13
WT/DS64/12
Christopher Beeby Parties 23/07/1998 07/12/1998 Legislative 12 months
EC Measures Concerning Meat and Meat Products (Hormones) EC — Hormones
(DSR 1998:V, 1833)
WT/DS26/15
WT/DS48/13
Julio Lacarte-Muró DG 13/02/1998 29/05/1998 Legislative 15 months
  

1997   back to top

Dispute Name
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Short Title and DSR Reference Award of the Arbitrator Arbitrator Agreed by Parties or Appointed by DG Date of Adoption of underlying Report Date of Award Nature of Change Envisaged Reasonable Period of Time
European Communities — Regime for the Importation, Sale and Distribution of Bananas EC — Bananas III
(DSR 1998:I, 3)

WT/DS27/15

Said El-Naggar DG 25/09/1997 07/01/1998 Legislative 15 months and 1 week
Japan — Taxes on Alcoholic Beverages Japan — Alcoholic Beverages II
(DSR 1997:I, 3)
WT/DS8/15
WT/DS10/15
WT/DS11/13
Julio Lacarte-Muró DG 01/11/1996 14/02/1997 Legislative 15 months

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Note:
1. Parties reached an agreement on the reasonable period of time for compliance during the proceedings. Therefore, the Arbitrator issued a brief report noting that it was not necessary to issue an award.

  

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