Plain Speaking: Understanding the World Trade Organisation Panel Report on Tobacco Plain Packaging
Melbourne Law School
Room 920, Level 9
185 Pelham St, Carlton
T: (03) 8344 4799
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More than six years ago, Ukraine commenced the first complaint in the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Australia’s ‘plain’ tobacco packaging scheme. Since then, four other countries have brought complaints (Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Indonesia), while Ukraine’s complaint has lapsed. More than four years since a WTO Panel was established to hear these complaints, its report has finally been circulated and is now publicly available. If the report is appealed, its resolution is uncertain given the major ongoing difficulties created by the United States' blocking of the appointment of WTO Appellate Body Members.
In this lunchtime seminar, experts from the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer will discuss the implications of the Panel’s decision in connection with a range of issues including public health, intellectual property, and regulatory autonomy.