Tobacco Plain Packaging: WTO dispute panel appointed
Five countries have brought WTO Complaints against Australia’s plain packaging rules for tobacco products.
On 25 April 2014, the Dispute Settlement Body under the Dispute Settlement Understanding established panels to determine the complaints brought by Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Ukraine, Honduras and Indonesia.
On 5 May, the Director-General formally announced the 3 member Panel who will hear the disputes:
In addition to the 5 complainants, some 25 other polities have “reserved their third party rights”:
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, the European Union, Guatemala, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, the United States, Uruguay and Zimbabwe
Typically, there should be a decision within 6 months (but there is also an appeal process). Typical timeline.
This post was originally posted on IPwars.com