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November 25, 2014, 1:43 pm, 1377723

This is from a new paper by Tania Voon:

... Discrimination and trade-restrictiveness are two distinct concepts that, while overlapping, should not be conflated. A non-discriminatory internal measure is unlikely to restrict trade, because it is unlikely to reduce the competitive opportunities of imported products vis Ă  vis

November 25, 2014, 1:43 pm, 1377724

This is from a paper by Tomer:

considering anti-dumping as an expression of global governance may seem to promise a breath of fresh air. Might governments actually be pursuing some deeper - or loftier - regulatory agendas that could somehow be understood as a form of benign global administration, albeit ...

November 20, 2014, 1:43 pm, 1375125

Many of you will have seen Alan Beattie's piece on one of the FT blogs suggesting that what happened last week isn't a victory but disguises a defeat, and that the TFA is really trivial.  I'm guest blogging this week at Opinio Juris, and so I posted this response to ...

November 20, 2014, 9:43 am, 1374965

This is from the panel request in DS429:

Because the United States has acted in the manner just described, Viet Nam considers the proceedings to be inconsistent, as such and as applied on a continued and ongoing basis, with certain WTO obligations. Viet Nam considers these actions to be ...

November 19, 2014, 1:43 pm, 1374408

The recent “Asian Economic Integration Monitor” (November 2014) published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) calls for “unilateral multilateralization” of various trade preferences from preexisting FTAs.  Obviously, this will be a nirvana to most global businesses traversing global value chains, if it ever transpires.  Then, they could avoid enormous ...

November 19, 2014, 9:43 am, 1374253

The European Commission and the Germans have met on ISDS, and see a way forward for CETA:

Only small changes can be made to an investment protection clause in a trade pact between Canada and the European Union, European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said on Monday (10 November).

November 19, 2014, 9:43 am, 1374254

From TDM:

Call for papers:
TDM Special Issue on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the
European Union and Canada (CETA)


Herfried Wöss, Fabien Gélinas, Andrea Bjorklund, and John Gaffney will be editing a TDM Special Issue on the ...

November 17, 2014, 3:43 pm, 1372947

From CBC news:

The Alberta government is banning the sale of some flavoured tobacco products in a bid to curb youth smoking -- but is still allowing the sale of menthol cigarettes. 

Health Minister Stephen Mandel defended the exclusion, saying that Alberta needs to "deal with the realities of ...

November 17, 2014, 3:43 pm, 1372946
It seems the full text of the WTO deal between India and the US is not yet publicly available. In these circumstances, it is difficult to clear up confusion about what the next steps are toward getting Bali back on track. As I mentioned in my previous post, ...

November 15, 2014, 5:43 pm, 1372227

India's blockage of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, even after having won a hard-fought battle for a peace clause on food security at Bali, has not only threatened further progress toward renewing the World Trade Organization; it is also a story replete with political posturing on many sides, tendentious readings ...