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Philippe De Baere speaks on “Judicial activism and precedent” at a WTI Workshop in Geneva

  • 11/06/2019
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On 24 May 2019, Philippe De Baere spoke on a panel addressing “Judicial activism and precedent” at a workshop organised by the World Trade Institute on  “WTO Appellate Review: Reform Proposals and Alternatives” at the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Philippe De Baere’s intervention focused on whether there exist objective standards to  determine when the interpretation of the WTO Agreements by the Appellate Body amounts to judicial activism or overreach.

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