Talking Disputes

‘Talking Disputes’, hosted by ICTSD and WTI Advisors, is designed to allow for the discussion of WTO Dispute Settlement cases, one at a time, in a round of interested experts, delegates and others in Geneva. One or two experts will present key aspects of the case, setting the stage for a targeted discussion, usually with a designated commentator breaking the ice.

  • Talking Disputes: The US - China Double Counting Case (DS379) (a WTIA & ICTSD Event)

    May 10, 2011 - 12:45pm - 2:45pmThis event, the first in the new ‘Talking Disputes’ series, discusses the recent WTO Appellate Body decision in the "Double Counting" case. Dr. Christian Pitschas, WTI Advisors, discusses selected details of the decision, with Xiaobing Tang, WTO, as discussant.
  • Talking Disputes: The China-Raw Materials Case

    July 20, 2011 - 5:30pm - 8:00pmOn 5 July 2011 the WTO circulated the much-anticipated Panel Report in the Case China-Raw Materials. Hannes Schloemann and Jorge Miranda will lead the discussion of the key legal and economic aspects of this important case which may have far-reaching repercussions. (Registration Required)
  • Talking Disputes: The US-Tuna/Dolphin Case

    September 21, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pmIn a long awaited decision released on 15 September 2011 a WTO panel ruled the US 'dolphin safe' label for tuna products illegal. By tackling a number of issues at the core of WTO rules on technical regulations, standards and labels the decision could have far reaching implications beyond the dispute in question. Marie Wilke (ICTSD), Hannes Schloemann (WTI Advisors) and Hadelin Feront (IFAW) will introduce the case and offer comments. (Registration required.)
  • Talking Disputes: China-Raw Materials - The Appellate Body Report

    February 8, 2012 - 12:30pm - 3:00pmVirtually on the heels of the publication of the Appellate Body Report in the China-Raw Materials Case, this event in the Talking Disputes series hosted by WTI Advisors and ICTSD will discuss the ramifications of the highest WTO "court's" decision in this important case, including but not limited to legal questions regarding export restrictions - a subject of rapidly increasing relevance. Registration required by Monday, 6 February (Matt Fleszar at
  • Talking Disputes: The Appellate Body Report in US-Tuna/Dolphin

    July 23, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:00pmIn May 2012 the WTO Appellate Body issued its report in the much-publicized United States - Tuna/Dolphin case. This edition of "Talking Disputes" discusses the decision and looks at its implications, not least for the use of labelling requirements under the disciplines of the TBT Agreement. The case will be introduced by Prof. Thomas Cottier, World Trade Institute, Bern. Commentator will be Iain Sanford, Sidley Austin. The event will be moderated by Hannes Schloemann, WTI Advisors. Registration required.