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April 22, 2014, 9:43 am, 1258821

Here's an interesting Dormant Commerce Clause case that might come before the U.S. Supreme Court, as described by a Cato colleague of mine:

One of the several failures of the Articles of Confederation was the incapacity of the central government to deal with trade disputes among the states. The ...


April 22, 2014, 9:43 am, 1258822

This is from the U.S. answers to questions from the arbitrator in the Clove Cigarettes Article 22.6 proceeding:

88. Company documents from Kretek International (“Kretek”), which occupied 97 percent of the market for clove cigarette imports in the United States, substantiate that the current market for clove cigars is ...


April 20, 2014, 7:43 pm, 1258073

The Appellate Body has issuedsome "guidelines" for employees (AB judges, secretariat staff, interns) to follow after they have left:

POST-EMPLOYMENT GUIDELINES IN RESPECT OF FORMER APPELLATE BODY MEMBERS,FORMER APPELLATE BODY SECRETARIAT STAFF, AND FORMER INTERNS ATTHE APPELLATE BODY SECRETARIAT

The Appellate Body expects the individuals concerned to abide by, and ...


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 ...