Padideh Ala'i


This Essay first reviews the controversy surrounding the issuance of procedures for amicus curiae submissions by the Appellate Body in E.C.—Asbestos. Second, it looks at the history and practice of amicus curiae briefs at the WTO. Third, the Essay looks at how in the United States an amicus curiae has changed from being a “friend of the court” to a “judicial lobbyist,” and specifically, focusing on the procedural approach taken by the U.S. Supreme Court in addressing the negative impact of such judicial lobbying. Finally, the Essay draws certain lessons from the U.S. experience and concludes that the Appellate Body in E.C.—Asbestos adopted the U.S. Supreme Court approach in dealing with the “problem” of unsolicited amicus curiae briefs.