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The Future of Dispute Resolution in International Trade in a Post-WTO World

Date & Time: March 15, 2024 (Friday), 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM (Beijing Time)

Speaker: Prof. Daniel C.K. Chow, Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Chair in Business Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Moderator: Prof. Norman P. Ho, Peking University School of Transnational Law

Location: STL Building 207

Zoom Meeting ID: 881 1659 0841 (Passcode: 933715)

Language: English

Lecture Summary: The WTO is currently gripped in a crisis because its dispute settlement system can no longer fully function due to the actions of the United States. The WTO Appellate Body is paralyzed because the United States will not approve any new members, leaving the Appellate Body without sufficient members to constitute a quorum. The talk will explain that the United States does not intend to revive the Appellate Body but to replace the WTO dispute settlement system with a parallel dispute resolution mechanism of its own making found in U.S.-led free trade agreements.

Speaker's bio: Professor Daniel C.K. Chow writes and teaches in the areas of international trade, business, intellectual property, and the law of China. He is the author of the leading U.S. casebook on International Business Transactions and several other popular casebooks and has published numerous scholarly articles in law reviews. Professor Chow previously lived and worked in China as the head of the legal department of a major multinational company. He received his BA and JD from Yale University.

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