The Appellate Body of the WTO and Its Reform

  • Chang-fa Lo
  • Junji Nakagawa
  • Tsai-fang Chen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The AB in the WTO Governance and Its Reform—Broader Perspectives

  3. Reforms in Relation to the Basic Functions of the AB

  4. Options to Address the Crisis and Wider Implications Beyond the WTO

About this book


This is the first book that critically examines the reform of the Appellate Body (AB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in light of the current crisis resulting from the U.S. blocking of the appointment of its members. The reform of the AB is critical, as the appointment crisis could lead to the demise of “the jewel in the crown,” which may even cause the dismantling of the WTO as a whole. This book covers various aspects of the crisis and its reform. Specifically, as the crisis cannot be fully understood without reviewing the role of the AB from the broader perspectives of the other functions of the WTO, the book examines the reform of the AB from the broader perspectives of the WTO governance. Additional focus is on the reform of the AB in relation to its specific functions. Available options are provided to address the AB crisis, as well as discussion of wider implications beyond the WTO. Contributed by world-renowned academics, experts, and practitioners in the field of international economic law, this volume provides a comprehensive analysis of the AB crisis and its solutions.


Appellate Body WTO Appellate Body crisis Appellate Body members Appellate Body reform Judicial activism

Editors and affiliations

  • Chang-fa Lo
    • 1
  • Junji Nakagawa
    • 2
  • Tsai-fang Chen
    • 3
  1. 1.Constitutional Court of Taiwan, ROCTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Chuo Gakuin UniversityTokyoJapan
  3. 3.School of LawNational Chiao Tung UniversityHsinchuTaiwan

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