WTO Strain Continues With Another Appellate Body Departure

By Alex Lawson (August 3, 2017, 10:54 PM EDT) -- The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body — already beleaguered by a mounting caseload and a squabble over how to fill vacancies — has suffered another setback with the unexpected departure of member Kim Hyun-chong, according to documents circulated Wednesday.

Kim's departure was made official in a brief statement circulated to other WTO members as the outgoing panelist informed Appellate Body chairman Ujal Singh Bhatia, "I hereby tender my resignation" with an effective date of Aug. 1. The South Korean diplomat left his Appellate Body post after he was tapped to serve as his nation's trade minister.

His departure could scarcely come...

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