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August 26, 2016, 11:43 am, 1667892

Over at EJIL: Talk!, David Caron and Esme Shirlow commenton the backlash against investment arbitration and international economic law more generally, and say this:

For many, the assumption is that investment disputes, absent an arbitration mechanism, will go to the national courts of host States. This has been proposed in ...

August 26, 2016, 11:43 am, 1667893

This is from Senator Mitch McConnell, as quoted in Inside US Trade:

“So TPA -- Trade Promotion Authority -- is in place for the next president whoever that may be and the current agreement, the Trans-Pacific agreement, which has some serious flaws, will not be acted upon this year,” McConnell ...

August 23, 2016, 9:43 am, 1666841

Over in Europe, there is a great deal of controversy over bans on the use of Burqiniswimwear:

A village in Corsica became the third place in France to ban the Burqinifrom its beaches Monday after a fight broke out over the weekend over the swimsuit favored by ...

August 23, 2016, 7:43 am, 1666797

Call for Papers:Cognitive Sociology, Culture, and International Law

iCourts, Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen
28-29 April 2017

Workshop Theme

The past few decades have seen growth in behavioural approaches in the social sciences. In this new behavioural revolution, cognitive psychology, behavioural economics, and sociologists of ...

August 19, 2016, 5:43 pm, 1666081

This is from today's Russia - Pigs WTO panel report:

6.2. In light of the parties' comments to the Interim Report, on 4 March 2016 the Panel informed the parties that it had decided to have an interim review meeting, which took place on 10 March 2016. The Panel Chairman, ...

August 19, 2016, 9:43 am, 1665910

This is a guest post by Matthew Kennedy, a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. He was formerly a senior lawyer in the WTO Secretariat and Secretary of the WTO Council for TRIPS.

Intellectual Property Cases in a Trade Law ...

August 18, 2016, 5:43 pm, 1665736

Besides stopping TPP, the focus of my post earlier this week, Hillary Clinton is responding to Trump on trade with proposed measures to counter offshoring by US companies. Once again I cite her recent economic policy speech in Detroit:

Right now, when a corporation outsources jobs and production, it can write ...

August 18, 2016, 9:43 am, 1665565

At a time when pandering politicians scapegoat trade, it is unfortunate to see some of the world’s greatest economists join, incorrectly, in the chorus. Dani Rodrik and Joseph Stiglitz have recent articles in Project Syndicate doing just this.

For example, Stiglitz argues that “in the US, the bottom 90% ...

August 16, 2016, 5:43 pm, 1664992

Based upon a re-examination of the case by Greece's highest court, former statistics chief Andreas Georgiou will again face criminal charges in relation to changing the estimates of Greece's deficit made by his staff: it is apparently alleged that Georgiou, a long-time IMF technocrat who was appointed to lead Greece's ...

August 16, 2016, 7:43 am, 1664781

Via Inside US Trade, this is from the draft Statement of Administrative Action for the TPP:

1. Implementing Bill


g. Dispute Settlement

Section 105(a) of the bill authorizes the President to establish within the Department of Commerce an office responsible for providing administrative assistance to dispute settlement panels established under Chapter 28 ...