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September 2, 2014, 9:43 am, 1327821

A little while back,I wondered about public opinion on investment obligations. In this regard, my friend Luke Peterson points me to some dataon Americans' views of ICSID. It's such awful data, though, that I should probably just ignore it. I only highlight it to make suggestions for how ...

September 1, 2014, 9:43 am, 1327439

Some details on an upcoming conference on mega-regionals:

On 23rd and 24th October 2014 the Research Centre for International Economic Law at the University of Dresden led by Professor Thilo Rensmann and the affiliated research project “Global TranSAXion” will be hosting a conference on “Mega-Regionals and the Future of International Trade ...

September 1, 2014, 9:43 am, 1327438

We talked about the "prudential exception"here,here, andhere, and then just recently here. In the last link, I mentioned that I had a short article coming out arguing for revised language for this exception. But the CETA negotiators beat me to it. Here's ...

August 26, 2014, 9:43 am, 1324615

I haven't crunched the numbers on this, but it certainly feels as though DSU Article 11 appeals have increased in recent years. Yet almost all of them get rejected. This seems like a strange state of affairs. Why pursue a course that is virtually certain to fail?

In China ...

August 26, 2014, 9:43 am, 1324614

Call for Papers: 2015 Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance: The Public and the Private in Global Governance

IBEI (Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals) and ESADEgeo (ESADE Business School’s Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics) are organizing thethird edition of the Barcelona Workshop on Global Governance, an international workshop to discuss questions relating ...

August 26, 2014, 9:43 am, 1324613

From a Canadian news report:

A trade deal between Canada and the European Union could restrict Canada’s wine sales by limiting the number of privately run outlets selling domestic products, if a leaked document turns out to be close to the finalized treaty.

A German website posted the 521-page document ...

August 25, 2014, 9:43 am, 1324007

In the comments ofthis post, we talked about the scope of the "targeted discrimination" aspects of the fair and equitable treatment obligation in the leaked CETA investment chapter. The relevant language is as follows:

Article X.9: Treatment of Investors and of Covered Investments


2. A Party breaches the obligation of ...

August 20, 2014, 9:43 am, 1321658

This is from a paperby some Canadian business groups on promoting internal free trade within Canada through reform of Canada's Agreement on Internal Trade:

A more effective and efficient dispute resolution mechanism should include ...a domestic equivalent of investor-state dispute settlement, ... .

Investor-state dispute settlement normally grants ...

August 18, 2014, 5:43 pm, 1320620

Now that the WTO members failed to adopt the protocol on the Trade Facilitation (TF) Agreement, APEC members try to fill in the gap. APEC Leaders instructed their officials to work toward the APEC TF Agreement between APEC members and other WTO members.

The Chair of the APEC ...

August 18, 2014, 11:43 am, 1320387

I'm still trying to sort out what I think should happen in the Argentina debt crisis case. I gather that a lot of people are mad at the U.S. judge who prevented Argentina from making payments to those creditors who had agreed to restructure the debt, allowing a ...