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January 19, 2017, 9:43 pm, 1712073

Here's the latest WTO complaint, brought by the U.S. against various British Columbian measures governing the sale of wine in grocery stores:

The BC wine measures provide advantages to BC wine through the granting of exclusive access to a retail channel of selling wine on grocery store shelves. The BC ...


January 19, 2017, 9:43 pm, 1712072

A few people I know who are big supporters of North American integration worried a bit about what the TPP might do to NAFTA.  To some extent, it seemed as though NAFTA would get folded into the TPP.  If that happened, would everybody just forget about NAFTA?  The momentum for ...


January 16, 2017, 9:43 am, 1710868

Investment Arbitration Reporter has a piece on a recent award involving a counterclaim by a state against an investor. Jarrod Hepburn explains:

As discussed in a companion article, a tribunal at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has found one discrete breach of the Spain-Argentina bilateral ...


January 13, 2017, 11:43 am, 1710342

This is from SIEL/JIEL/OUP:

The deadline for entering the 2016-2017 SIEL/JIEL/OUP Essay Prize competition has been extended to 31JANUARY 2017. Authors meeting the stated conditions are warmly encouraged to ...


January 8, 2017, 5:43 pm, 1708700

According to this Reuters article, some foreign investors in Mexico are having financial difficulties as a result of Ford's decision -- partly in response to statements by Donald Trump -- not to build a planned factory there:

Ford Motor Co's (F.N) abrupt move to scrap a planned $1.6 billion car ...


January 8, 2017, 5:43 pm, 1708699

Donald Trump has suggested he would impose tariffs on car imports from specific companies who produce in Mexico and export to the United States. Ford, GM, and Toyota have all been mentioned. Here is his Toyota tweet:

Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build ...


January 5, 2017, 1:43 pm, 1708018

From the Leuven Global Governance Centre and Oxford University Press:

Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL) brings together decisions on public international law from international law courts, domestic courts, and ad hoc tribunals, and is the most up-to-date source of international case law available. The Reports on International Trade Law Decisions ...


January 5, 2017, 9:43 am, 1707944

From the Global Trade Watch blog:

The nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be U.S. Trade Representative signals President-elect Donald Trump’s interest in altering the trade policy approach that has prevailed through Republican and Democratic administrations for the past two decades. Lighthizer has consistently noted that historically Republicans favored trade ...


January 5, 2017, 9:43 am, 1707943

This is from a new paper by Emma Aisbett and Lauge Poulsen, called "Relative Treatment of Aliens: Firm-level Evidence from Developing Countries":

Foreign firms are subject to a wide range of political risks when operating in developing countries that lack strong property rights institutions. Important insights about the nature and extent ...


January 3, 2017, 9:43 am, 1707252

As pointed out by Simon, Robert Lighthizer is probably the next U.S. Trade Representative. In this regard, it is interesting to note that Lighthizer told a congressional panel in 2010 that the WTO's dispute resolution system was ineffective and that the United States “should consider aggressive interpretations of ...