In a previous post, I mentioned that the following AB members will be stepping down soon:
- 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 WTO now reports the following about nominations for replacements:
The DSB chair announced that nominations to fill the four positions in the Appellate Body had been received from Pakistan, China, the Philippines, Japan, Korea and Benin. The deadline to propose candidates expired on 31 August 2007.
I'm a little suprised by the absence of a U.S. nomination. Am I missing something here? Is the U.S. giving up on a position this time around?
UPDATE: I'm not sure what the quoted passage means exactly, but as I understand it from other sources, the U.S. did in fact nominate some candidates.
UPDATE II: In the comments, David Palmeter mentions the two U.S. nominees: Jane Bradley (http://www.law.georgetown.edu/curriculum/tab_faculty.cfm?Status=Faculty&Detail=1956) and Jennifer Hillman (an old bio: http://www.usitc.gov/ext_relations/about_itc/hillman.htm).