USA WTO Antigua Online Gambling DIspute Sees No End

Published Saturday, June 23, 2018 -
USA WTO Antigua Online Gambling DIspute Sees No End

The World Trade Organization was created in1995 and is in the business of regulating International trade. Headquartered in Geneva Switzerland with a membership of 164 states representing 98 per cent of world trade have many issues on the table regarding the rules of trade between nations.

The goal of the organization is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible which if those member cooperate and adhere to the agreement negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their governments. One dispute that keeps reflecting the unhealthy situation the WTO is placed when it comes to settlements of these regulatory disputes.

Antigua Barbuda the tiny island nation in the Caribbean has had a long standing problem with the USA and the disregard fifteen year old WTO ruling in favour of Antigua. Antigua challenged successfully America’s protectionist online gambling policies back in 2003.  It is obvious the US has no intention of being WTO compliant. When disputes are leveled against the USA it routinely ignores WTO rulings.

The new president of the USA is even more adamant about the campaign to dissolve the fair trade organization. US Ambassador Shea announced recently that the US intends to disregard any ruling by the WTO’s Appellate Body that isn’t issued in the stipulated 90 days

The US has been blocking appointments of new Appellate Body judges, while demanding that all future rulings be unanimous or else they won’t apply. Nearly 70 WTO member countries have signed a petition urging the US to drop its opposition to new judicial appointments.  

The situation has become more complicated for the WTO with a massive influx of disputes initiated by Trump’s recent new tariffs on metals and other products. This president dislikes multilateral agreements, preferring bilateral deal-making. There is little hope that a WTO-appointed mediator will convince the USA it is obligated to pay the penalty it owes to Antigua.



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