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Cigionline.org quotes Clifford Sosnow in an article on WTO investigating the legality of US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports

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“A double bind for the World Trade Organization” by Ronald Orol, CIGIOnline.org

Cigionline.org quotes Toronto/Ottawa lawyer, Clifford Sosnow, in an article on WTO investigating the legality of US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

However, Clifford Sosnow, an Ottawa- and Toronto-based international trade lawyer and partner at Fasken, suggested that it is extremely unlikely that the WTO will convert to hyper-detailed rules that would all but eliminate the need for appellate judges. “That’s not going to happen,” Sosnow said. “It is in the nature of law that you always will have situations go to judges for interpretation.”

Sosnow argued that judicial interpretations are needed, for example, when laws don’t keep up with technological innovations. “Who ever thought about liability issues for internet services providers?” Sosnow asked. “Judges adapt to current circumstances to interpret the law and then someone will come along and say let’s change the law.”

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