India Appeals Against Certain Rulings by WTO Dispute Panel

India is challenging certain parts of rulings given by the WTO dispute settlement panel on a solar case against the US, according to a communication by the global body.

India WTO Dispute

India is challenging certain parts of rulings given by the WTO dispute settlement panel on a solar case against the US, according to a communication by the World Trade Organization. Though India has won this case against the US as most of the ruling is in favour of India, New Delhi has challenged certain issues of law and legal interpretation covered in the panel’s report or ruling. 

“India hereby notifies the dispute settlement body (DSB) of its decision to appeal to the appellate body certain issues of law and legal interpretation covered in the panel report entitled US – Certain Measures Relating to the Renewable Energy Sector which was circulated on 27 June 2019,” the communication by India to WTO said. 

India has stated that it appeals and requests the appellate body to reverse the findings and conclusions of the panel with respect to the errors of law and legal interpretations contained in the report related to certain areas. 

“The panel erred in holding that India did not make a prima facie case that the Minnesota solar thermal rebate under measure 10 had ongoing effects, and therefore, constituted a matter before the panel that required examination in order to provide a positive solution to the dispute,” it added. 

In June this year, a WTO dispute resolution panel ruled in favour of India in a case against the US saying that America’s domestic content requirements and subsidies provided by eight of its states in the renewable energy or the solar sector are violative of global trade norms. 

The US has also challenged this ruling in the WTO’s Appellate Body, which is above the dispute settlement panel. 

In September 2016, India had dragged the US to the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism over the issue. 

Washington, CaliforniaMontana, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Delaware and Minnesota were the eight states providing subsidies. 

India had stated that the measures are inconsistent with global trade norms because they provide less favourable treatment to imported products than domestic products, and because the subsidies are contingent on the use of domestic over imported goods. 

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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