Plain packaging webinar: Implications of WTO Appellate Body ruling

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The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body ended a decade of litigation on 9 June when it dismissed the last remaining legal challenge to Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws.

The Appellate Body upheld a 2018 WTO panel ruling that plain packaging does not infringe international trade or intellectual property laws. It found that plain packaging is not more trade restrictive than necessary to achieve its public health objectives, and does not violate any international intellectual property obligations.

To discuss the implications of this landmark decision on health an international trade law, the Knowledge Hub on Legal Challenges hosted a webinar on 16 July in partnership with Melbourne Law School’s Health Law and Ethics Network (HLEN).

The webinar featured a panel of experts on trade and public health law from the McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer, Melbourne Law School, and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). See the event page for a full list of panellists. The panel discussion was followed by a live Q&A.


Plain packaging wins: Implications of decisive WTO Appellate Body ruling

Date: Thursday 16 July 2020

Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm Melbourne Time (convert to your time)

Location: Free webinar

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Daniel Punch
Daniel Punch
Communications Manager, McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer