US Playing With Fire In WTO Appellate Body Spat

By Alex Lawson (May 24, 2016, 7:36 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government has drawn fire from all corners of the globe over its decision to block the reappointment of a World Trade Organization Appellate Body member, which experts say poses a significant existential threat to the multilateral body and to the global trading system at large.

Word of the U.S.'s opposition to the reappointment of South Korean Judge Seung Wha Chang for a second four-year term on the Appellate Body has been swirling in Geneva for weeks, and the situation came to a head at Monday's Dispute Settlement Body meeting. That meeting saw the U.S. standing alone in its opposition...

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