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July 2, 2015, 9:43 am, 1500603

From ELSA:

ELSA International invites proposals from prospective case authors to write the Moot Court Case for the 14th edition of the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law.

EMC2 is a simulated hearing of a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel. Teams of interested students from all ...


July 2, 2015, 9:43 am, 1500602

This is a guest post from Geneva trade lawyer Adarsh Ramanujan:

‘Interpretation’ of the scientific standards? Thoughts about India – Agricultural Products

I finally got around to reading the AB Report released earlier in June in the India – Agricultural Products. I found one of the claims raised by ...


July 2, 2015, 9:43 am, 1500601

This is a guest post from Geneva trade lawyer Adarsh Ramanujan:

“Rebuttable” presumption of Article 2.2 inconsistency arising from Article 5.1 inconsistency?

Continuing from my earlier post on the AB Report on India – Agricultural Products, I found another finding of the AB to be an interesting one – ...


July 1, 2015, 3:43 am, 1499772

I first thought it was an email phishing scam, but it is a real story that a journalist was asking my opinion on. I found it intriguing enough to share it on the blog ...

A few day ago, Wikileaks released what has been referred to as a "Secret ...


June 30, 2015, 9:43 am, 1499278

As you have all have probably heard by now, at long last we are done with the tedious TPA debate:

President Barack Obama signed into law on Monday legislation that gives him "fast-track" power to negotiate trade deals and speed them through Congress, ... 

I will leave commentary on how the ...


June 29, 2015, 11:43 am, 1498646

A few weeks ago, Simon marked the anniversary of the controversial Canada-FIT decision, here.  His helpful post – which recalled an interesting discussion we had on this at the 2014 BIICL WTO conference – prompts me now to reflect a little further on why I have always found a lot ...


June 29, 2015, 7:43 am, 1498490

A major WTO law conference will take place at Tsinghua University, Beijing, later this week. Notably, a number of current and former members of the Appellate Body will be there. Here is the information from the conference website:

WTO at 20:Multilateral Trading System, Dispute Settlement and Developing Countries


June 27, 2015, 11:43 pm, 1498050

In an earlier post, Simon referred to the recent ASIL Unbound discussion on the Seal case.  Indeed, I found the discussion very helpful and suggest everyone visit the site.  There are so many issues there, but let me focus on one particular issue, that is whether the Appellate ...


June 25, 2015, 5:43 pm, 1497192

Last week, I wrote in praise of the China - Australia FTA (ChAFTA) ISDS provisions, suggesting that they were narrower in scope than typical ISDS provisions, in a good way.  I liked the fact that they left open whether to incorporate expropriation and minimum standard of treatment provisions, ...


June 25, 2015, 5:43 pm, 1497191

Over at AJIL Unbound, they are talking about the EC - Seal Products case, with contributions from Joel Trachtman, Don Regan, Julia Qin, Alexia Herwig, William J. Moon/Alec Stone Sweet, and Michael Fakhri.  No doubt all of the contributions are very interesting, but I confess to being bogged down ...