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September 28, 2017, 10:36 am, 1780408

This from the Graduate Institute in Geneva:

On Thursday 5 October 2017 - Friday 6 October 2017, the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Finance and Development will be hosting a two day Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference (DebtCon).

Sovereign debt is at the centre of ...


September 27, 2017, 8:36 pm, 1780248

With the NAFTA negotiations, investment lawyers, lawmakers, business groups, and civil society are waiting to see how Canada, Mexico, and the US will address the heated topic of investor-State arbitration, where an investor can claim compensation directly against a host state based on a treaty breach before an ...


September 27, 2017, 7:25 pm, 1780236

This is from Manfred Elsig, Mark Pollack and Gregory Shaffer:

The future of the world trading system is at stake thanks to an impasse in Geneva over the appointment of members of the Appellate Body (AB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Trump administration has been waging a behind-the-scenes campaign against the WTO’s ...


September 24, 2017, 5:45 pm, 1778911

Following up on my earlier posts, I want to talk briefly about U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer's response to a question about WTO dispute settlement:

... We’ve had other provisions where the WTO has taken – really, I think, took the position that they were going to strike ...


September 21, 2017, 4:06 pm, 1778120

Recall that at a recent CSIS event, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said this:

... Back when Senator Brock and I were there and there was a system, it was before 1995, before the WTO, under the GATT, and there was a system where you would bring panels and then ...


September 19, 2017, 1:05 pm, 1777167

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer spoke at CSIS yesterday. The full transcript is here. I'm going to respond to some of his specific points.

Early on, he refers to a growing skepticism about trade:

For decades, support for what we call free trade has been eroding among the electorate. There has ...


September 19, 2017, 1:05 pm, 1777166

This is an excerpt from the Q & A at the Lighthizer CSIS event mentioned in the last post, relating to WTO dispute settlement. I'm just going to quote it for now, but I should have more to say later. 

MR. MILLER: ...

To continue with the WTO, the United States has ...


September 14, 2017, 11:06 am, 1775524

This is a guest post by Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi

In a previous post Simon Lester has commented on President Juncker’s wish to rescue the EU’s trade policy, by concluding a set of streamlined trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand that would carve out contentious clauses on investment ...


September 13, 2017, 2:06 pm, 1775047

This is from Politico:

Jean-Claude Juncker wants to style the EU as the undisputed champion of global trade when he steps up to deliver his State of the Union address in Strasbourg Wednesday.

The European Commission president’s pièce de résistance will be to propose a fast-track system to ensure Brussels can clock up ...


September 12, 2017, 8:46 pm, 1774759

This is a guest post by Mauritius Nagelmueller:

Access to justice continues to be an issue within the WTO Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) today, especially for developing countries. To keep the promise of a fairer trading system, developing country participation in the DSB needs to be improved, since the ...