Peter Van den Bossche appointed as WTO Appellate Body Judge28 May 2009
The 153 Members of the World Trade Organization are expected to appoint on 19 June 2009 Peter Van den Bossche to the Appellate Body of the WTO. As of 12 December 2009, Van den Bossche will serve for an initial period of four years as one of the seven judges on the WTO's highest judicial organ for international trade disputes. Since its establishment in 1995, the Appellate Body has ruled on many controversial and politically sensitive issues. Among the best known cases decided by the WTO Appellate Body are the EC - Bananas case (regarding the EU import regime for bananas giving preferential treatment to bananas from former colonies) and the EC - Hormones case (regarding a EU ban on meat from cattle treated with growth hormones. To date the Appellate Body ruled in more than 90 disputes and is thus arguably the most active of all international courts.
Peter Van den Bossche (1959) is Professor of International Economic Law, Head of the Department of International and European Law and Academic Director of the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
From 1997 to 2001, Van den Bossche was Counsellor to the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, Geneva. In 2001, he served as Acting Director of the Appellate Body Secretariat. Van den Bossche has acted as an independent consultant on WTO law to many national and international authorities. Van den Bossche has published several books and multiple articles on international economic law and international dispute settlement. He is the author of a leading textbook on WTO law, The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, 2nd edition, published by Cambridge University Press in 2008.