Is the US settling scores with the WTO appellate body?
Despite isolation, the US has vetoed the reappointment of a sitting judge
It might seem natural for the head of a multilateral organization to trumpet about the success of the in-house adjudicatory system. Resolving more than 500 trade disputes in a matter of 20 years is a success story. From agricultural goods and products to asbestos, alcoholic beverages to aircraft subsidies, bananas to brooms, coconuts to dairy products, pasta and spaghetti to films and computers and USB flash drives, and feed-in tariffs to patents and copyrights, there is almost no traded item that is not adjudicated at the World Trade Organization (WTO).