On March 26, 2024, the Friends of Multilateralism Group (FMG) organized an online brainstorming session to discuss about dispute settlement understanding reform and MC13. Alejandro Jara, FMG member and former Deputy Director-General of WTO moderated this session.


At the meeting, Marco Tulio Molina, former Deputy Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the WTO shared his opinions on this topic. Petros C Mavroidis, FMG member and Professor of Law at Columbia Law School; Wenhua Ji, FMG member and Professor at the School of Law, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE); FMG member and Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center shared their comments. Then, the panelists answered the questions from the participants.


Over 70 participants joined the session, including members of FMG, Ambassadors/DPRs of WTO members, Directors of WTO divisions, representatives from related international organizations, and experts from renowned think tanks and universities etc.


Recording of this session can be watched via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkQZzBhzg04.


 Background reading materials for this session include:

Ministerial Decision on Dispute Settlement Reform at MC13: https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/WT/MIN24/37.pdf&Open=True

Report By Marco Molina at special meeting of the WTO General Council on 14 Feb 2024:https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/Jobs/GC/385.pdf&Open=True


Annex 1: Programme



Opening Remarks

Speaker: Xiankun Lu (FMG)



Speaker: Alejandro Jara (FMG)



Moderator: Alejandro Jara (FMG)

14:05- 14:35 Speaker: Marco Tulio Molina (Guatemala)
14:35-14:40 Discussant 1: Petros C. Mavroidis
14:40- 14:45 Discussant 2: Wenhua Ji (FMG)
14:45-14:50 Discussant 3: Jennifer Hillman (FMG)
14:45- 15:30


Moderator: Alejandro Jara (FMG)




Annex 2: List of Confirmed Participants



Xiankun Lu (FMG)

Mercedes Araoz (FMG)

Wendy Cutler (FMG)

Hilda Al-Hinai (FMG)

Jonathan T. Fried (FMG)

Henry Gao (FMG)

Jennifer Hillman (FMG)

Stuart Harbinson (FMG)

Patrick Low (FMG)

Dorotea López (FMG)

Alejandro Jara (FMG)

Wenhua Ji (FMG)

Alejandro Jara (FMG)

Siqi Li (FMG)

Janet Macharia (FMG)

Janet Macharia (FMG)

Petros C. Mavroidis (FMG)

Mario Matus (FMG)


Sherry Stephenson (FMG)

Alan Wolff (FMG)

John Weekes (FMG)

Niall Meagher (FFMG)

Valerie Picard (FFMG)


WTO Missions

Brazil: Guilherme Patriota, Ambassador

EU: Hiddo Houben, DPR

Italy: Stefano Pisotti, DPR

Israel: Shir Slutzky, DPR

Japan: Kohei AKIYAMA, Advisor

Niger: SEM Laouali LABO, Ambassador

New Zealand: Sarah McDOWELL, DPR

Norway: Petter Ølberg, Ambassador

Russia: PLATONOV Nikolai, Ambassdor

Singapore: Darryl Leong, DPR

Slovenia: Anita Pipan, Ambassador

Slovak Republic: Judita BRZOBOHATÁ, Ambassador

UK: David Stranger-Jones, Legal Counsellor

Zimbabwe: Constance Zhanje, Minister Plenipotentiary


WTO Secretariat

Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counsellor for Research on Legal Policy, Economic Research and Statistics Division


International Organizations

Adam Jakubik, IMF


Think Tanks

William Reinsch, CSIS



Andre Sapir, Columbia University

Jesse Kreier, Georgetown University

Peter Van der Bossche, WTI


MPIA Arbitrators

José Alfredo Graça LIMA

Mateo Diego-Fernandez ANDRADE

Locknie HSU

Valerie Hughes

Claudia Orozco

Guohua Yang



Werner Zdouc, former Director, Knowledge and Information Management, Academic Outreach and WTO Chairs Programme