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October 22, 2014, 9:43 am, 1355492

From a speech today by President-elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker before the European Parliament:

Investor-to-state disputes

I took note of the intense debates around investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. Let me once again state my position clearly, that I had set out ...

October 22, 2014, 9:43 am, 1355493

From OGEL and the TDM journal:

Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Journal ( and Transnational Dispute Management ( invite submissions for a joint Special Issue on Renewable Energy Disputes.

Renewable energy production is nothing new: windmills have been used to produce wind-based energy and dams have been used to ...

October 21, 2014, 9:43 am, 1354748

I was struck by this sentence from a Global Trade Watch blog post, in reaction to yesterday's WTO panel report in the Article 21.5 proceeding in U.S. - COOL:

The COOL policy was created when Congress enacted mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meat – supported by 92 percent of ...

October 20, 2014, 5:43 pm, 1354347

Here is the compliance (DSU Article 21.5) panel report as well as a summary of findings.  Overall, the panel followed the Appellate Body’s approach in the original COOL dispute.  The panel concluded that the amended COOL measure actually “has increased the original COOL measure's detrimental impact on ...

October 20, 2014, 5:43 pm, 1354346

Many of you will be familiar with Mesa Power as the NAFTA case that concerns the local content requirements in Ontario's feed-in-tariff (FIT) programme for renewably generated electricity, which were found to violate WTO rules in the recent Canada-Renewable Energy rulings.  The NAFTA claim raises far broader issues of the ...

October 17, 2014, 9:43 pm, 1353311

My co-authors and I are close to signing off on our manuscript analyzing the WTO Seal Products rulings.  Coming from the very happy Howse/Langille experience with the Yale Journal of International Law, I think we will again submit to the US student-edited law journals-also the nature of the piece.  But ...

October 17, 2014, 9:43 am, 1352917

The Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law has issued a call for papers for its fourth conference:

4th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) 2015

Milan, 16-17 April 2015

Organised by PEPA/SIEL ...

October 17, 2014, 9:43 am, 1352916

This is from U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman:

investment protections are ... intended to safeguard against a host of abuses, including discrimination, repudiation of contracts, and expropriation of property without due process of law ...

It surprises me how little analysis of this issue exists. From what I can tell, the ...

October 14, 2014, 9:43 am, 1350799

In the comments on Sungjoon's post from the other day, Brett Williams said something really interesting:

There are some aspects of this Cotton litigation which ought to be celebrated as great achievements of the system. ... Secondly, it was the first time (going all the way back to 1948), that ...

October 13, 2014, 9:43 am, 1350141

... as Sungjoon was in the last post, first up there's this announcement from the Canadian government:

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council; Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird; the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of ...