ILS International Law and Practice Course 2019 – Lecture 7 with Melanie Sebastian
Join the International Law Section on the 10 September in Sydney for another exciting ILS International Law and Practice Course lecture. For this lecture we have guest speaker Melanie Sebastian who will speak on the topic of Australia’s involvement in WTO cases and other Trade and Investment Law Developments.
Australia’s involvement in WTO cases and other Trade and Investment Law Developments
The World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system is the most active international legal system and is critical to ensuring that the global trading system is secure and predictable. Since 1995 more than 500 disputes have been brought to the WTO and over 350 rulings have been issued.
Australia has been involved in a number of disputes as a complainant, a respondent and as a third party. Australia has been a complainant in nine cases and a respondent to 16 complaints. Australia currently has in progress two cases as complainant and two as a respondent. Australia also participates as a third party to protect Australia's interests in the application of WTO rules, including most recently on disputes covering agricultural subsidies, tariff quota administration, the proper interpretation of anti-dumping rules and the use of exceptions.
This lecture will provide an overview of Australia's engagement in WTO disputes, the challenges facing the WTO dispute settlement system and what this may mean for future trends in international trade litigation.
Melanie is currently a Director in the Trade Disputes Taskforce at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She commenced working for DFAT in August 2018. Prior to this, Melanie was Special Counsel to the Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group in the Department of Defence. Melanie commenced her public service career in 2008 and has worked on a variety of government policies including the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Indigenous Affairs initiative, defence export controls, and foreign investment issues. Melanie moved to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in 2014, where, since then, Melanie has specialised in anti-dumping and trade remedies matters having advised on Australia’s dumping and countervailing duty investigations at Australia’s Anti-Dumping Commission. Melanie has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degree from Macquarie University, Sydney and a Master of Laws (with Merit) from the Australian National University, Canberra.
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