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March 5, 2015, 9:43 am, 1434056

For years now, I've been fascinated by Canada's Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), which has a domestic trade dispute system that looks a lot like the dispute systems in international trade agreements.  I've never been able to generate much excitement from others about the AIT, though (even most Canadians seem ...

March 5, 2015, 9:43 am, 1434057

In my view, there's not enough talk about anti-dumping these days. Most people seem to have accepted the status quo, and all the big mega-regional trade talks just ignore it. So, I'm always happy to see that some people still care about the issue.  This program from the ...

March 3, 2015, 9:43 am, 1432486

Having observed critics of trade agreements for around 20 years now, I've often wondered about their precise views. It's clear they don't like trade agreements, but what exactly do they want to see from the trade regime?  Some of them are almost certainly protectionists, or have made alliances with protectionists, ...

March 2, 2015, 3:43 pm, 1431912

From the University of Oslo Faculty of Law:

Up to five 3 year postdoctoral fellowships are available at PluriCourts, a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Law, Department of Public and ...

March 2, 2015, 3:43 pm, 1431911

When I think of GSP conditionality, normally I think of conditions by which the GSP program is designed to change an existing situation in a recipient country (e.g., labor rights violations).  But what if the program itself leads to the problem situation?  From Sara Núñez Évora, this is ...

March 1, 2015, 9:43 am, 1431271

From the Kluwer Arbitration blog, there is an interesting challenge going on relating to the role of assistance provided to an international arbitration tribunal: 

The Russian Federation argues that the arbitrators delegated substantive responsibilities to the Tribunal’s assistant and thus breached their mandate to perform their duties personally. Therefore, ...

March 1, 2015, 9:43 am, 1431272

More plain packaging laws:

 Ireland has became the  second country in the world to pass a law introducing mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products ...

and more plain packaging litigation?

The move has been met with fierce opposition by tobacco companies who have threatened Dublin with legal action.


Earlier this month JTI ...

February 26, 2015, 7:43 am, 1429428

Trade, Law and Development has issued a call for submissions for its Winter 2015 issue:


Winter '15

The Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development [TL&D] is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the Winter ‘15 Issue of the Journal (Vol. 7, ...

February 26, 2015, 7:43 am, 1429426

From Reuters:

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott backed plans on Thursday to introduce country-of-origin labeling in the wake of a hepatitis A outbreak, potentially risking contravention of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

With 18 confirmed cases of hepatitis A linked to consumption of berries sold by Patties Foods Ltd, Abbott ...

February 26, 2015, 7:43 am, 1429427

In the context of the plain packaging dispute at the WTO, Dominican Republic's Ambassador to the WTO,  Luis Manuel Piantini, said this: "One of the fundamental principles of the WTO is that Members should regulate in the least-restrictive way."

Is this one of the fundamental principles of the WTO?  Should it ...