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August 1, 2015, 3:43 pm, 1520157

As everyone has probably heard by now, negotiators could not reach a TPP deal in Maui.  Here's a roundup of some commentary:

Washington Post:

High-level talks to forge a ­12-nation trade deal spanning the Pacific broke up Friday without resolving contentious disputes over Canadian dairy tariffs, the protection of cutting-edge ...

July 31, 2015, 3:43 pm, 1519602

There's a job opening in the Appellate Body Secretariat. These don't come along too often, so take advantage of the opportunity!

Vacancy Notice No.: EXT/F/15-36 
Title: Dispute Settlement Lawyer 
Grade: 9 
Contract Type: Fixed-term 
Starting Salary: CHF 134,940 net per annum ...

July 31, 2015, 11:43 am, 1519446

I've been reading the U.S. - Animals (yes, that's the official short title!) WTO panel report.  It's over 200 pages long, and goes into great detail about foot and mouth disease and the relevant international standards, before delving into a variety of claims under the SPS Agreement (various ...

July 29, 2015, 3:43 pm, 1517995

I recently came across this:

According to US trade lawyer Simon Lester, dispute settlement between states under the TPP or TTIP would then require them to invoke their rights within the WTO and seek the jurisdiction of the WTO’s dispute settlement understanding (DSU). However, the right to invoke ...

July 29, 2015, 11:43 am, 1517823

This is from Charles Kenny and Sarah Dykstra of the Center for Global Development:

Use US trade and investment treaties to foster greater gender equality in the workplace.

US bilateral trade and investment treaties frequently contain language about labor laws and working conditions. For instance, US bilateral investment treaties include ...

July 29, 2015, 11:43 am, 1517822

From the NY Times:

Cost transparency bills [for pharmaceuticals] have also been introduced in California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Three of the bills require disclosures for drugs costing $10,000 or more per year. The others have different criteria. Besides development costs, some of the bills ...

July 26, 2015, 11:43 am, 1515875

Todd Tucker points me to this from the NY Times:

Shut out from borrowing in traditional markets, Ecuador turned to China to fill the void. PetroChina, the government-backed oil company, lent Petroecuador $1 billion in August 2009 for ...

July 26, 2015, 9:43 am, 1515853

This is from the University of New South Wales (UNSW):

The CIBEL (China International Business and Economic Law) Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is an opportunity for early career researchers of exceptional calibre who have completed their doctorate (PhD or SJD) in the last five years to undertake research in a ...

July 26, 2015, 9:43 am, 1515852

Just recently, I wondered why Canada needs an Agreement on Internal Trade.  Doesn't, or at least shouldn't, its constitution provide for internal free trade?  Well, it appears that someone has decided to push this issue in Canadian courts:

A man whose drive from New Brunswick to Quebec ...

July 24, 2015, 11:43 am, 1515140

These are some of new information technology (IT) products covered by the newly struck expanded version of the WTO IT Agreement.  This is what the WTO head said:

 â€œAnnual trade in these 201 products is valued at over $1.3 trillion per year, and accounts for approximately ...