According to the summary of the latest DSB meeting:
The DSB agreed on the process for selecting Appellate Body members to replace four current members whose terms of office expire in December 2007 and May 2008.
The DSB set a deadline of 31 August 2007 for members to nominate candidates to the Selection Committee which will, in turn, make its recommendation to the DSB by no later than 5 November 2007 to enable the DSB to take a decision at its meeting on 19 November 2007
The four to be replaced are:
- Merit Janow, United States (December 10, 2007)
- Yasuhei Taniguchi, Japan (December 10, 2007)
- Georges Abi-Saab, Egypt (May 31, 2008)
- A.V. Ganesan, India (May 31, 2008)
The politics of these things make it difficult to predict where (geographically) the new Appellate Body Members will come from.