Legal Memorandum – ( International Trade Law) – Please prepare a briefing memorandum to Ambassador Frank Goodwin of Anchuria, a hypothetical Latin American developing country, answering the questions set out below

Instructions: Please prepare a briefing memorandum to Ambassador Frank Goodwin of
Anchuria, a hypothetical Latin American developing country, answering the questions set out below.
Your essay should be based on the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding and the readings in
Jackson et al. Citation of other authorities is discouraged and might well lead you on an
unproductive tangent. It is estimated that your memorandum should not need to be more than 7 to
10 pages, double-spaced. Please answer each question separately and number each answer. Please
turn in a hard copy of your memorandum in class and submit an electronic copy via TWEN. On both
the hard copy and electronic copy, please use only an anonymous number to identify yourself.
Please use the last four digits of your “X number” as your anonymous number.
To protect its ailing steel industry from import competition, Nordlandia, a hypothetical
advanced industrial country and WTO member, has imposed a quota on imports of steel from
Anchuria, a hypothetical developing country and WTO member. Nordlandia’s quota limits steel
imports from Anchuria to the same annual quantity of steel as it has imported from Anchuria in past
years. After extensive lobbying by Ferrometal S.A., Anchuria’s major steel producer, and the
Anchuria General Confederation of Labor,the Government of Anchuria has decided to challenge
Nordlandia’s import quota as a violation of WTO obligations under GATT articles XI and XIX and
the WTO Agreement on Safeguards.You are an associate with Hardy & Housman, a law firm that advises the Government of
Anchuria on international trade matters. You have been assigned to advise Anchuria’s Delegation to
the WTO on procedural issues arising in the course of the dispute settlement proceedings against
Nordlandia. Your assignment is limited to issues arising under the WTO Dispute Settlement
Understanding. You do not need to consider GATT articles XI and XIX and the Agreement on
Safeguards, which another lawyer in the firm is assigned to research In the course of the proceedings, Anchuria’s Permanent Representative to the WTO,
Ambassador Frank Goodwin, requests your advice on the following situations:
1. To mitigate the damage to Anchuria’s steel exports and employment in the steel industry,
it is important to act quickly against Nordlandia’s import quota. Therefore, Department of Foreign
Trade instructs Ambassador Goodwin to request the immediate establishment of a panel at the next
meeting of the DSB. Meanwhile, Ambassador Goodwin learns that Nordlandia’s Permanent
Representative to the WTO, Ambassador Ludwig Lotze-Hassel, has received instructions from his
Government to block the establishment of a panel as much as possible. Is Anchuria acting in
accordance with the DSU by requesting the immediate establishment of a panel at the next meeting