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In Korea-Beef, the Appellate Body first examined the definition of regulation to be enforced is intended to protect” (WTO Appellate Body Report b, paras.


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Economic evidence was built into the strategy and cited by the WTO and, on appeal, by three members of the WTO Appellate Body (AB). 44 The main precedent relied on by Canada was the WTO case of Korea‐Beef.


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Appellate Body confirmed the panel's finding that the dual retail system for beef was inconsistent with. Korea's WTO commitments. However, it overturned the.


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Korea – Measures Affecting Imports of Fresh, Chilled and Frozen Beef (WT/​DS, WT/DS): Report of the Appellate Body. Edited by World Trade Organization; Publisher: Cambridge University Press; DOI.


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In December , the Appellate Body upheld Korea's Stores selling imported beef were required to display a sign.


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Korea, with the latter market access dispute resolved outside of the WTO for Canada's cattle industry, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization.


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for sale of domestic imported beef), and (iii) Korea's agricultural domestic support for beef, the Appellate Body reversed the Panel's ultimate finding that Korea.


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Analysis of WTO Disputes Shows the Appellate Body's Increasing Non- Korea – Various Measures on Beef (United States, Australia) (DS


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Korea – Various Measures on Beef, para. (WT/DS/AB/R, WT/DS/AB/​R) the Korean measure formally separates the selling of imported beef and.


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Appellate Body confirmed the panel's finding that the dual retail system for beef was inconsistent with. Korea's WTO commitments. However, it overturned the.


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The dispute made a number of key findings. Under customary international law, government signatories to international treaties are responsible for the actions of regional and other authorities within their territories. The Tasmanian measure was found by the implementation panel to be WTO-inconsistent, giving rise to potential retaliation by Canada. The panel and Appellate Body's findings were significant given this was the first dispute under the SPS Agreement on animal quarantine. Nor was it necessary for the appropriate level of protection to be articulated in quantitative for example, number of deaths per thousand as opposed to qualitative terms. The function of the Appellate Body is to hear appeals on issues of law covered in a panel report and legal interpretations developed by a panel. For each of these disputes, the comment will examine the international contributions made by Australia to the development of WTO jurisprudence and the domestic implications for Australian governance and government decision-making. The salmon risk-assessment remains the benchmark by which other WTO Members assess compliance of national measures against the relevant SPS provisions. In April , Australia and the United States initiated a complaint against Korea on a range of measures that discriminated against imported beef. At the time of writing, a fifth complaint, against the United States on anti-dumping subsidies, was before a WTO panel. The panel and the Appellate Body upheld Canada's complaint except in regard to the measures being more trade restrictive than necessary and Australia was given until July to bring its measures into conformity. This was reflected, for example, in the WTO upholding Australia's arguments that the SPS Agreement did not require WTO Members to express their appropriate level of protection in quantitative terms, or to conduct a quantitative risk-assessment. Importantly, the implementation panel upheld Australia's right to establish its own appropriate level of protection and to apply measures over and above the international standard. The Tasmanian government's action nevertheless underlined the potential WTO implications of state and territory action, including possible retaliation against the exporters of other states and territories. In July , a panel upheld the complaint and Korea appealed only two findings: the dual retail system and subsidies. These included a requirement that imported beef be sold separately from Korean beef, subsidies to Korea's beef producers, minimum wholesale pricing, limitations on which private sector operators can buy and sell imported beef, and discriminatory labelling and record-keeping requirements. An import ban introduced by the Tasmanian government in the course of the panel proceedings was also found to be WTO-inconsistent. While third party participation does not give rise to rights of compensation or retaliation in the event of a finding of inconsistency against another Member's measures, it served to secure 'access wins' in markets where Australia has commercial interests or to confirm the WTO-consistency of existing Australian measures. This level of activity exceeds Australia's participation in any other international legal regime, such as the International Court of Justice. This in part reflected the wide range of domestic stakeholders involved, including recreational fishermen, Tasmanian salmon growers, Victorian trout farmers, the Tasmanian government, the Western Australian lobster industry and South Australian tuna industry, the imported ornamental fish sector, as well as those exporters targeted by potential WTO-sanctioned retaliation by Canada. Panels are the 'court of first instance' and perform the function of clarifying and applying the WTO rules to a specific dispute. Second, Article 5. Since the inception of the WTO dispute settlement system in , Australia has been actively involved in 28 disputes, including in four completed panel disputes as a principal party. Australia justified this ban on the need to protect against the introduction of exotic diseases through imported salmon. Retaliation or the suspension of concessions is usually in the form of punitive tariffs applied by the complaining Member on specific products of the responding Member. The Appellate Body rejected Korea's arguments on 'perfect regulatory symmetry' and that the dual retail system did not discriminate against imported beef since retailers were free to choose whether to sell imported or domestic beef. The Appellate Body observed that while there was nothing in principle preventing a Member from adopting such an approach, it would be difficult in practice to sustain this across a range of different products in a way that meets the consistency requirements of Article 5. Throughout the dispute, Australia stated its appropriate level of protection to be 'a high or very conservative level of sanitary protection aimed at reducing risk to very low levels, while not based on a zero-risk approach. The Australia—Salmon dispute highlighted the broad reach of WTO rules into areas of national decision-making traditionally held to be the exclusive preserve of national governments, such as human health and quarantine. Consultations or negotiations are the preferred means of dispute resolution and the DSU declares that a mutually acceptable solution 'is clearly to be preferred'. Panels follow standard working procedures, which provide for inter alia two sets of written submissions and two oral sessions with the parties. Finally, the dispute raised important Commonwealth—State issues. As part of its complaint, Canada claimed that: the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service AQIS risk-assessment on which Australia had based its ban was not a proper risk-assessment; there were arbitrary and unjustifiable inconsistencies in the way Australia addressed disease risks in imported salmon as opposed to other imported fish such as bait fish and ornamental fish; and that the ban was more trade restrictive than necessary to achieve Australia's appropriate level of protection. The implementation panel also upheld the AQIS risk-assessment on salmon as meeting the strict tests imposed by Article 5. Panels and the Appellate Body have interpreted Article III as requiring 'equality of competitive conditions' for imported products vis-a-vis domestic products. Stores selling imported beef were required to display a sign stating 'Specialized Imported Beef Store' and were subject to more stringent record keeping requirements. Given their broad scope, Australia successfully argued for an interpretation of SPS provisions that took into account the scientific and practical realities of national quarantine decision-making. In the Appellate Body's view, the case was not one about private entrepreneurs making their own commercial decisions on differentiated distribution systems, but governmental intervention that forced retailers to choose to sell either domestic beef only or imported beef only. Following the lifting of the Commonwealth's import prohibition, the Tasmanian government introduced its own quarantine ban applying to Tasmania. Australia's complaints against Korea on its measures on imported beef, and against the United States on its safeguard measures on lamb meat, were both upheld by the panel and Appellate Body.

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The principle of 'National Treatment' was one of the fundamental principles of non-discrimination in international trade established in GATT and is reflected in many of the WTO Agreements. Nor could it be presumed that the same disease in different fish, or different diseases in different fish, posed the same risk.

Korea eliminated the majority of its restrictions in January In SeptemberKorea abolished the remaining check this out dual retail system and the discriminatory record-keeping requirements.

Panels are usually comprised of three individuals from a range of backgrounds in wto appellate body korea beef, economics and trade policy, and are selected by agreement of the parties.

Third, the implementation panel accepted Australia's arguments that an approach based on simplistic comparisons of the measures applied for the same diseases wto appellate body korea beef different products was not appropriate under Article 5.

In the event of a finding of WTO-inconsistency, the responding Member has a 'reasonable period of time' to bring its measures into conformity with the WTO rules.

In MarchCanada initiated a WTO complaint against Australia's long-standing quarantine ban on imports of fresh, chilled and frozen salmon. Where the parties fail to agree on a reasonable period of time, this is determined by an arbitrator. The Appellate Body cannot, wto appellate body korea beef such, examine the panel's assessment of the facts of a case other than a claim that the panel failed to make an 'objective assessment of the facts' under Article 11 of the DSU.

Canada subsequently challenged Australia's implementation and in Februaryan implementation panel upheld all but one of the replacement measures. Written submissions are the primary means of persuading the panel and address the factual aspects of the case and the legal arguments relating to the specific WTO obligations alleged to have been breached.

The dispute also highlighted the legal and scientific rigour applied by panels and the Appellate Body in examining compliance of national measures with SPS obligations. Australia successfully demonstrated that different products gave rise to different disease risks, warranting the application of different wto appellate body korea beef.

Article III:1 of GATT sets out the basic principle that WTO Members must not discriminate against imported products in relation to internal taxes and charges, and laws, regulations and requirements affecting the internal sale, purchase, distribution or use of products.

This is a standing body comprising wto appellate body korea beef eminent persons, three of whom serve on any one appeal.

The DSU provides accelerated panel procedures to examine implementation in the event of disagreement between the parties on the existence or consistency of measures taken to comply with the WTO rulings.

Two complaints—against India on quantitative restrictions on a range of agricultural and manufactured products, and against Hungary on agricultural export subsidies—were resolved without resorting to full panel processes.

Large retailers such as supermarkets and department stores could sell both imported and domestic beef provided they were sold in separate sales areas or display cabinets, and provided also that wto appellate body korea beef storage facilities were maintained.

In the event that consultations fail to settle a dispute, the complaining party may request the establishment of a panel to make legal findings on WTO-consistency of the measures at issue. The rules and procedures of the DSU apply to all WTO Agreements, subject to special or additional rules and procedures contained in specific agreements.

The panel and Appellate Body findings were useful in reinforcing the stringent non-discrimination provisions of GATT and the dispute remains a textbook application of Article III

Compensation is through improved access to the responding Member's market and must be on a non-discriminatory basis to other WTO Members, i. A panel's reasoning and findings are set out in a panel report. In December , the Appellate Body upheld Korea's appeal on subsidies but ruled that the dual retail system discriminated against imported beef. This comment focuses on the four completed panel disputes in which Australia was a principal party and discusses the implications from the cases in terms of WTO law and on Australian governance and decision-making. While it is beyond the scope of this comment to provide a detailed examination of the WTO dispute settlement system, a brief overview is useful. The AQIS risk-assessment was subject to close scrutiny by three scientific experts advising the panel, including experts in fish pathology, quarantine management and import risk-assessment. A risk-assessment must: identify the diseases or pests whose entry, establishment or spread a Member wants to prevent within its territory, as well as the associated potential biological and economic consequences; evaluate the likelihood i. While Australia's measures were found to be inconsistent with the WTO Agreements, both disputes have now been resolved without recourse to WTO-sanctioned retaliation against Australia. In addition, Australia has participated as a third party in nineteen disputes. Where a party appeals a panel report, the matter is heard by the Appellate Body. Where a Member fails to implement the WTO rulings within the reasonable period of time, the DSU provides for effective remedies in the form of compensation or WTO-sanctioned retaliation. Accordingly, Korea had failed to demonstrate that the dual retail system was 'necessary' to prevent misleading practices. Article XX d of GATT provides a qualified exemption for measures 'necessary to secure compliance with laws or regulations which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement, including those relating to The panel and Appellate Body considered that there were alternative WTO-consistent measures reasonably available to Korea to prevent deceptive practices. In May , Australia and Canada reached a mutually satisfactory settlement which involved changes to the one measure found to be WTO-inconsistent and an undertaking by Australia to continue to seek compliance by Tasmania of Australia's WTO obligations. Australia has been successful in all four of the WTO complaints it has prosecuted to date. Following a new import risk-assessment by AQIS, Australia replaced the original import ban with 11 new measures to manage the quarantine risk. Potentially any Australian government measure with an impact on international trade can be subject to WTO scrutiny. The WTO dispute settlement system underpins the rules-based framework of the WTO Agreements by providing for a system of compulsory and binding jurisdiction. This drastic reduction of commercial opportunity was reflected in the much smaller number of specialized imported beef shops 5, shops as compared with domestic beef shops 45, shops. Australia was a respondent in two panel disputes—the Australia—Automotive Leather dispute and the Australia—Salmon dispute. Under the Korean dual retail system, a small retailer such as a domestic butcher shop could either sell imported or domestic beef but not both. The WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures SPS Agreement recognises the right of WTO Members to determine their own appropriate level of protection, and to take measures necessary to protect human, animal or plant life or health against risks from pests or diseases, or from food-borne risks. First, the Appellate Body affirmed the sovereign right of WTO Members to determine their own appropriate level of protection — which could be higher than that accorded by international standards—and to take scientifically justifiable measures to meet this level of protection. The Appellate Body considered that the practical effect of the dual retail system was to exclude imported beef from the retail distribution channels through which domestic beef was sold to Korean households and consumers. On a systemic level, Australia's legal reasoning influenced the interpretation of WTO rules in areas such as agricultural export subsidies, the relationship between trade and the environment, and trade-related intellectual property. Article III:4 imposes a specific requirement that internal laws, regulations and requirements do not, in their application, result in 'less favourable treatment' for imported products than for like domestic products. More so than any other international legal regime, WTO rules have direct relevance to the day-to-day decisions of Australian governments—at Commonwealth, state, territory and local level—and cover not just traditional areas of customs and tariffs, but also industry development, agriculture, environmental protection, food safety, quarantine protection and intellectual property. The practice has also emerged among WTO Members for an appeal to the Appellate Body from an implementation panel report. At a domestic level, the dispute excited a high level of media and public interest—including a Senate inquiry—into the WTO and AQIS quarantine processes. The panel and Appellate Body also rejected Korea's defence that its measures were necessary to prevent consumer fraud. As part of the mutually agreed solution with Canada, Australia undertook to continue to seek observance of Australia's WTO obligations by Tasmania. Canada also sought to read down the WTO-consistency of the Commonwealth's measure by claiming that 'Tasmania's new measure nullifies even such measures Australia has taken to comply. Panel and Appellate Body reports must be adopted by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body DSB to have legal and binding force, and to give rise to obligations on the responding party to bring its measures into conformity. Normally, this will stop trade in those products, which acts as a powerful force in securing compliance by the responding Member. The dispute settlement process consists of four stages—initial consultations, the panel process, Appellate Body review and implementation.