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Panelists Sought to Hear Disputes Brought Under U.S.-Panama FTA

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is accepting through March 14 applications from individuals wishing to serve as panelists in dispute settlement proceedings arising under the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement. A general roster is required to be established under chapter 20 (dispute settlement), while chapters 12 (financial services), 16 (labor) and 17 (environment) require the establishment of separate rosters for disputes arising under those chapters. USTR is inviting interested persons to apply to be on any of these rosters.

To qualify for inclusion, an applicant must (1) be objective and reliable and possess sound judgment; (2) have expertise or experience in law, international trade, other matters covered by the agreement or the resolution of disputes arising under international trade agreements; (3) be independent of, and not affiliated with or take instructions from, either the U.S. or Panama; and (4) comply with a code of conduct established by the two sides.

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