Jamaican lawyer, Dr. Delroy Beckford, examines the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) regulation of trade remedies and the power dynamics of countries settling disputes in his book ‘Power and Judicial Activism in the WTO: The Appellate Body’s Interpretation of Trade Remedy Agreements’.
The book, which was launched at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston on October 1, looks at some landmark rulings of the WTO Appellate Body on dumping, subsidies and safeguards, and the extent to which political considerations affect the outcome of decisions.
The author, who is a Senior Legal Counsel at the Fair Trading Commission (FTC), shared that his interest in the subject of trade remedies was developed while he was employed to the Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission.
He told the JIS News that he expects the book to help practitioners and investigating authorities better understand the rules in terms of how trade remedies are applied. However, he shared that it has an even greater implication for the local treatment of trade disputes.
Senior Legal Counsel at the Fair Trading Commission, Dr. Delroy Beckford (left), discusses a section of his book ‘Power and Judicial Activism in the WTO’, with Chairman of the Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission and the Fair Trading Commission, Dr. Derrick McKoy, during the launch of the book at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, on October 1.
“It’s actually looking at how the dispute settlement system operates and to the extent that the book is doing that, it will give policy makers some indication of what they need to do to strategise, in terms of access to the dispute settlement system, and also to be able to present as cogent an argument as they can with respect to winning disputes,” he noted.
The book launch took the form of a panel discussion involving experts in international trade and allowed the audience to engage with the author and panelists. One of the main points to come out of the discussion was the need for more local lawyers to familiarise themselves with WTO law.
Recently, appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte, said she too was looking forward to benefitting from the information contained in the book in her new role.
Chairman of the Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission, Dr. Derrick McKoy, who was one of the panelists, stated that the 164-page book, while not an easy read, was commendable.
State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte (right), gets a copy of the book ‘Power and Judicial Activism in the WTO’, signed by the author, Senior Legal Counsel at the Fair Trading Commission, Dr. Delroy Beckford, at the launch of the book, at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston, on October 1.
“I commend it because it demonstrates really that we are making headway, we are holding our own, we can in fact engage in this discourse, which is important for us,” he stated.
Head of the Cluster Competitiveness Company, Dr. Beverley Morgan, had high praise for the passion for the subject shown by Dr. Beckford as well as his understanding of the nuances of international trade law.
Published by VDM Verlag, the book was launched as part of activities to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission.