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July 30, 2014, 9:43 am, 1308019

Arvind Subramanian has always been one of my favorite trade commentators.  Whatever topic he takes on, he has great insights.  This short piece he wrote on the current WTO trade facilitation/food security issue with India is no exception. He explains how policy changes in recent years have led to ...


July 30, 2014, 9:43 am, 1308020

From Gujarat National Law University:

Gujarat National Law University, one of India's premiere law schools, is proud to announce the 7th Edition of its flagship event, The GNLU INTERNATIONAL MOOT COURT COMPETITION. (GIMC 2015)

GIMC is one of the very few moot court competitions in the world where the subject matter is ...


July 28, 2014, 11:43 am, 1306552

This is from Robert Basedow, a PhD candidate at LSE: 

... It is helpful to distinguish between the substantive and procedural provisions under typical international investment agreements. The substantive provisions enumerate the rights of investors and states under these agreements, whereas the procedural provisions regulate how substantive provisions can be ...


July 25, 2014, 3:43 pm, 1305676

In the U.S. first written submission in the Article 21.5 WTO panel proceeding in U.S. - Tuna II, the U.S. distinguishes Tuna from Seals in regard to non-discrimination.  Here's the GATT MFN section:

287. The facts here are in contrast to the ones in EC – Seal Products where the ...


July 25, 2014, 11:43 am, 1305523

In the negotiations:

India blocked an agreement on new global customs rules on Thursday, angering fellow members of the World Trade Organization who say Delhi's veto could be costly, economically and politically.

At a meeting in Geneva, diplomats from the 160 WTO member countries were supposed to rubber stamp a ...


July 23, 2014, 3:43 pm, 1304042

One aspect of the TPP negotiations that I have not followed closely is rules for state owned enterprises.  I'll take a look at it all eventually, but I've been waiting for more leaks and commentary, to explain the different views.

In the meantime, though, I wonder if such rules could apply ...


July 23, 2014, 3:43 pm, 1304039

From an interview in the New Republic:

DV: Another thing you talked about in the FT op-ed was the Trans Pacific Partnership, the trade deal. One component of the deal is to bring down tariffs between all countries involved, but tariffs are already very low between these countries, particularly ...


July 23, 2014, 3:43 pm, 1304041

Poland is going to to challenge the EU ban on menthol cigarettes under EU law: 

Poland will appeal to Europe's top court over a European Union ban on flavoured tobacco products, saying it will be unfairly affected as one of the region's biggest consumers and producers of menthol cigarettes.

The ...


July 23, 2014, 3:43 pm, 1304040

From a draft letter ($) being circulated by a U.S. Congressman:

Dear Secretary Kerry and Ambassador Froman,

We are writing to express our serious concern regarding the growing assault on religious freedom in the European Union and many of its member states.

Eight out of twenty-eight EU member states prohibit homeschooling. This ...


July 18, 2014, 7:43 pm, 1303382

Well, I am not talking about two lovers, but the currently pending negotiation on the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).”  The United States and the European Union, representing the world’s most advanced (and perhaps most open) economies, still cannot get a trade deal done between themselves.  As we may ...