Talking Disputes No. 12: The US – Tuna II (Mexico) Compliance Dispute (a WTIA & ICTSD Event)

May 7, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Room S2, WTO

This event will be webcast live on the ICTSD website.

Comment, discuss, and ask questions live on Twitter using the hashtag #TalkingDisputes.

This event will introduce the recent WTO panel report on US –Tuna II (Mexico) (DS381) DSU Article 21.5 compliance proceeding. In this dispute, Mexico challenged the amended US “dolphin-safe” labelling measure, which was meant to comply with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in 2012. The compliance panel inter alia, reaffirmed that the United States is entitled, in pursuit of its desired level of protection, to disqualify tuna caught by setting on dolphins from acquiring the “dolphin-safe” label. Nonetheless, the panel considered that the United States did not do enough to bring its measure into compliance with its WTO obligations. In particular, the panel found that the independent observer certification and tracking and verification requirements continued to cause detrimental impact to Mexican tuna and that such detrimental impact did not stem exclusively from legitimate regulatory distinctions.

Venue: Room S2, World Trade Organization (WTO), Rue de Lausanne 154, 1202 Geneva
Registration: Registration is mandatory. Please register online by COB on Tuesday, 5 May 2015.

This event will also be streamed live online on the event page. Online viewers may send questions through Twitter using the hash tag #TalkingDisputes, or @ ICTSD Trade Law. Selected questions will be read and addressed by the speakers during the Q&A session.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

17:30 Panel Discussion

Moderator: Alice TIPPING, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Presentation of Panel’s findings in US – Tuna II (Mexico) (21.5): Niall MEAGHER, Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL)

Arthur APPLETON, Appleton Luff International Lawyers
Victoria CHOMO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

18:30 Open Discussion
19:30 Cocktail Reception