Russian Accession to WTO Forces Rethink on US Human Rights Approach

Volume
16,
Number
23
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13 June 2012
13 June 2012
The road to formalising Russia's WTO accession appears to be nearing an end, with the country's Parliament set to examine the accession accord on 4 July. Meanwhile, the debate on whether to lift Cold War-era restrictions on US-Russia trade has ramped up in Washington, after bipartisan legislation...
13 June 2012
Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru have inked an accord aimed at developing closer economic ties and boosting trade with Asia-Pacific countries, leaders from the four countries announced last week. Meeting 120 kilometres south of the Chilean city of Antofagasta, in Paranal - an astronomical...
13 June 2012
The EU should maintain but simplify new ‘greening' requirements for farmers receiving direct payments under the bloc's post-2013 farm policy, according to a draft report that will be discussed next week by the European Parliament. The report , by Portuguese Member of the European Parliament (MEP)...
13 June 2012
"Given the deterioration and trade outlook, 2012 cannot be a wasted year," WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy told members in an informal gathering last Thursday, repeating earlier calls for rebuffing protectionism and moving the eleven-year Doha talks forward. The comments come as leaders of the...
13 June 2012
Last week's meeting of the WTO's Council on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) saw talks proceed on a host of issues, including counterfeit goods, exceptions and limitations to copyright, and a long-running dispute over a Cuban rum trademark. US, Japan table submissions...
13 June 2012
Negotiations on legislation that will drive US agriculture spending for the next five years are now in full swing in Washington, after the Farm Bill was opened for debate on the Senate floor last Thursday. Observers, however, note that the politics of the 2012 presidential election will likely pose...
13 June 2012
With the Australian carbon tax set to enter force on 1 July, debate between the country's major political parties over the measure has continued unabated, with the opposition pledging to repeal the measure should it win the next election. The Clean Energy Agreement - which passed narrowly through...
13 June 2012
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has launched a new initiative to facilitate access to its intellectual property (IP) for businesses and entrepreneurs, the research centre announced last week. The move is aimed at boosting CERN's technology transfer activities. CERN is an...
13 June 2012
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Centre is seeking candidates for a Development Economist position. Candidates should possess strong empirical skills and experience in the fields of poverty reduction and social development. The selected candidate will...
13 June 2012
Coming soon Present-15 June, online. RIO DIALOGUES PUBLIC VOTE. The 100 recommendations generated from the first phase of the Rio Dialogues are now available for voting by the general public. These recommendations will be ranked by the support received inside the platform and by the votes received...
13 June 2012
US ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES ON CHINESE SOLAR PANELS: A COSTLY STEP. By Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Martin Vieiro for the Peterson Institute for International Economics. The authors argue that US anti-dumping and countervailing duty laws should be reformed to correct a "distorted" process that only considers...