May 14, 2010
The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) was forced recently to name panel members who will rule on the cases brought against the United States involving Country of Origin Labeling (COOL).
Under WTO rules, litigating governments are supposed to agree on the three members of a dispute settlement panel deciding cases. Where that proves impossible, the WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy can name panel members. That is what was needed in these cases, after Mexico and Canada asked for Lamy's intervention.
The WTO said on Tuesday that Lamy had named Christian Häberli to chair the panel hearing the two cases brought by Canada and Mexico against U.S. COOL rules. Manzoor Ahmad and Joćo Magalhćes will complete the panel.
Reprinted in part from feedstuff.com