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August 30, 2015, 1:43 pm, 1536387

From the Financial Post:

As if conditions in Canada’s oilpatch weren’t bad enough, more pain could flow north from Washington, D.C., before the Labour Day long weekend, when President Barack Obama is expected to finally deny a permit to the Keystone XL pipeline.

The latest in the United States capital ...


August 30, 2015, 1:43 pm, 1536388

I may be the only non-Canadian following this "free trade under the Canadian constitution" case, but it's really kind of fascinating. Here's a report of some testimony from the hearing:

A professor of political history testifying at a hearing over the right to buy beer in another ...


August 27, 2015, 9:43 am, 1535034

This is from the Independent:

The European Commission has been accused of a cover-up after refusing to release details of talks between its officials and the tobacco industry during negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty.

Corporate lobbying campaigners published documents ...


August 24, 2015, 3:43 pm, 1533350

In response to the recent NAFTA Chapter 11 Bilcon award, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. all made submissions in the ongoing Mesa arbitration, offering their views on the Bilcon reasoning. One issue they all addressed was whether the national treatment standard covers only nationality-based ...


August 20, 2015, 7:43 am, 1531519

This is from the U.S. written submission in the COOL DSU Article 22.6 arbitration between the U.S. and Canada (DS384), although Mexico's argument in the parallel DS386 proceeding is referenced too:

118. Both Canada and Mexico's Methodology Papers add to the alleged trade effects of the amended COOL measure a novel, ...


August 18, 2015, 9:43 am, 1530224

As we await the TPP conclusion, not to mention the inevitable Donald Trump position paper on trade policy (I'm setting the over/under at 20 WTO violations -- place your bets!), there are some interesting WTO disputes going on.

First, there is the COOL retaliation litigation.  Canada asked for $2.41 billion in ...


August 15, 2015, 1:43 am, 1528955

In the debate over the Iran deal among US legislators, high-profile enemies such as New York Senator Charles Schumer attack the Administration's suggestion that the one alternative to this agreement is war-bombing Iran's nuclear facilities.  Such critics hold out that continued or perhaps intensified sanctions could bring Iran to its ...


August 13, 2015, 1:43 am, 1527576

Readers may be interested in a new blog, Shaping the Pacific Alliance, which aims to contribute to discussion about the Pacific Alliance, an integration scheme comprising Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The blog provides a platform for governmental and intergovernmental communities to engage with ...


August 10, 2015, 3:43 pm, 1525862

A couple months ago, I mentioned the possibility of a NAFTA Chapter 11 claim by TransCanada related to the failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. I'm not sure why this issue suddenly made headlines again the other day, but here is something from Bloomberg:

A two-decade old trade ...


August 10, 2015, 1:43 pm, 1525785

Relatively few well-known legal academics have waded into the debate over the Iran deal.  Alan Dershowitz is a notable exception. He has published an e-book against the deal, for one thing.  Here, I'm not responding to that but instead his recent oped in USA today http://usat.ly/1UoDhJ4 making the point that, ...