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April 15, 2014, 9:43 pm, 1256118

The answer may depend on whom you ask. Indeed, against the background of the recent TPP negotiation this particular origin rule offers a unique lens through which one can investigate a complex relationship of free trade, political economy and trade regionalism.

According to Lien Hoang of the Bloomberg BNA, amid the ...


April 13, 2014, 1:43 am, 1254783

Following up on Simon’s last post, I want to raise a few questions on the US appeal. In "U.S. Files 'Preemptive' Appeal Against WTO Ruling on Chinese Rare Earths", BNA WTO Reporter, April 10, 2014, Daniel Pruzin reports:

The U.S. has filed a “preemptive strike” appeal against a World Trade Organization ...


April 12, 2014, 7:43 am, 1254625

As everyone has no doubt heard by now, the U.S., Japan and the EU recently won a big victory over China in the Rare Earths case at the WTO. The WTO panel ruled that various Chinese export duties and quotas violated WTO obligations and were not justified by any exceptions. ...


April 10, 2014, 11:43 am, 1253709

One of Canada's key contentions in the WTO Seals dispute is that the indigenous exception in the EU ban is lacking in evenhandedness, favoring Greenland seal products over Canadian products. The exception is de jure neutral and available to indigenous products regardless of origin. But Canada has maintained that it ...


April 8, 2014, 1:43 pm, 1252489

Tons of money flowed from the government (tax payers’ money!) to large banks in the United States and Europe to fight against financial crises. The IMF has recently issued a report in which it calculated the size of such bailouts as well as proposed some reform agendas. Interestingly, the ...


April 7, 2014, 1:43 pm, 1251914

Thisis from economics reporter Peter Martin:

And now Australia has said no to an ISDS in its free trade agreement with Japan. The agreement will be better and simpler because of it.

Some details of the agreement are here, but the full text is not out yet.

Australia is ...


April 4, 2014, 11:43 pm, 1251185

Today the DC Circuit vacated (per curiam) its previous three-judge panel decision on March 28 (American Meat Institute v. Dep’t of Agriculture, No. 13-5281, Slip Op. at 14, n.1 (D.C. Cir. Mar. 28, 2014), and decided to rehear this case en banc. (See also Andrew Zajac, Meat Labeling ...


April 2, 2014, 1:43 pm, 1249825

A guest post by Aik Hoe Lim andBart De Meester [1]:

Recent disputes concerning Article 2.2 of the TBT Agreement – in particular US - Tuna II (Mexico) and US - Clove Cigarettes – have focused attention on measures that, even when not discriminatory, may constitute barriers to trade ...


April 2, 2014, 1:43 pm, 1249824

The European Parliament's Committee on International Trade held a workshop on ISDS on Tuesday. I had a little trouble viewing the recorded video, but try theselinks.

I was particularly interested in the response given by Rupert Schlegelmilch of the European Commission to the question,"Where is the weakness ...


April 1, 2014, 11:43 pm, 1249492

Daniel Ikenson (Cato Institute) made an insightful observation in a blog post (“WTO Indictment of Chinese Export Restrictions Unearths U.S. Hypocrisy”). Here are some excerpts from his post.

“During the last decade (2000-2009),four out of every five antidumping measures(79.4%) were imposed on imported intermediate goods. Over the past 12 ...