“It is the end of an era”

Whatever the outcome, the vision of an authoritative, quasi-constitutional, international court to resolve conflicts and develop jurisprudence is in retreat. In retrospect, the AB was a remarkable experiment in international relations.

Ever since I started to learn the law of world trade, there has always been the Appellate Body. There has always been “at least the semblance of the rule of law in international trade relations.” It is indeed a sea change for this generation of mine.