WTO Dispute Panel Formed On Australia Tobacco Law

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The World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body today established a panel to review a complaint filed by Ukraine against Australia for a tobacco plain-packaging law aimed at discouraging tobacco use.

Ukraine, in its second request for the panel, Ukraine said that Australia’s measures “erode the protection of intellectual property rights” and “impose severe restrictions on the use of validly registered trademarks”, according to the WTO.

New Zealand and Norway supported Australia. Zimbabwe, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Indonesia supported Ukraine.

WTO said members that asked to exercise third-party rights in the dispute were: Uruguay, New Zealand, Norway, Zimbabwe, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Zambia, Nicaragua, Indonesia, United States, Chinese Taipei, Turkey, Oman, Japan, European Union, Philippines, Ecuador, Korea, India, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, Guatemala and Canada.

The WTO press release is here.

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