WTO Appellate Body: China Raw Material Export Restrictions Illegal

Volume
16,
Number
4
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1 February 2012
1 February 2012
In a high-profile dispute over access to natural resources, the WTO's Appellate Body on Monday confirmed that China violated WTO law and its accession protocol by restricting the exportation of nine raw materials ( DS394 , 395 , 398 ). In appealing a panel ruling from July 2011 (see Bridges Weekly...
1 February 2012
Plans to establish a pan-African trade pact are well underway, as part of a broader effort to increase intra-regional trade within the continent. However, these plans also hit an early roadblock during a week-long meeting of African leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after various participants...
1 February 2012
On 30 January, the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability delivered its long-awaited report , entitled ‘Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing'. The report was released at a key juncture in the preparations for Rio+20, for which informal negotiations...
1 February 2012
The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, held in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, came to a close on Saturday 28 January, with many policymakers making a push for bilateral and regional trade pacts - including an EU-US agreement - in the absence of progress in the Doha Round. WTO members are...
1 February 2012
In an official ceremony held in Tokyo last week, representatives from the European Union and 22 of its member states signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), joining the eight other countries - including the US - that had signed the intellectual property trade pact late last year. The...
1 February 2012
Intellectual property concerns came to the fore at last week's meeting of the World Health Organization's Executive Board (EB), with discussions taking place on medical products deemed to be ineffective, falsely labelled, or counterfeit. The Board also examined an organisational reform plan that...
1 February 2012
Trade talks between Brussels and New Delhi, which were launched in 2007, are reportedly moving forward in advance of the upcoming India-EU Summit, scheduled for 10 February in New Delhi. While the pact is unlikely to be ready for signature by the February meet, both sides have confirmed that steady...
1 February 2012
Coming soon 2-3 February, London, UK. SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING. Held at the Chatham House in London, this annual international forum will bring together over 100 policymakers, researchers, civil society groups, and industry delegates from across the...
1 February 2012
SUSTAINING CHINA'S ECONOMIC GROWTH AFTER THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS. By Nicholas R. Lardy for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (January 2012). The global financial crisis raises the question of whether the previous growth model of low consumption, high saving countries such as...