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Japan joins interim WTO appeals mechanism as reform talks continue

March 10, 2023 at 12:29 PM
Japan has decided to join the interim plurilateral appeals mechanism at the World Trade Organization while the Appellate Body remains defunct, becoming the 26th member to do so even as dispute settlement reform talks are ongoing in Geneva. The Multi-Party Interim Appeal Arbitration Arrangement, or MPIA, is a European Union-led initiative to maintain two-level dispute settlement at the WTO despite the ongoing U.S. block on the filling of vacancies on the Appellate Body, leaving it unable to hear new appeals...

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