WTO Appellate Body: US "Dolphin-Safe" Label Discriminates Against Mexican Tuna

Volume
16,
Number
19
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16 May 2012
16 May 2012
The WTO's highest court ruled on Wednesday 16 May that the US "dolphin-safe" label violates WTO law, marking another step in a decade-old dispute between the US and Mexico ( DS 381 ). Notable is the landmark finding that a non-binding label can be a prohibited technical regulation - a point that...
16 May 2012
The degree to which countries can help support their burgeoning renewable energy sectors was again the subject of debate at the WTO this week, with Canada defending itself at a second dispute settlement hearing. Japan and the EU have brought two separate cases - DS412 and DS426 , which are being...
16 May 2012
Negotiations on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership are in full swing in the US state of Texas this week, with trade observers watching attentively to see if the nine current members might inch closer toward clinching a deal in time to meet their current year-end goal. This round of talks is set...
16 May 2012
EU agriculture ministers meeting yesterday in Brussels roundly criticised proposals from the European Commission that would condition farm subsidies on new ‘greening' measures from 2014 onwards, in a setback for environmental groups that have called for farm support to be refocused on delivering...
16 May 2012
Editor's note: This curtainraiser was originally published in Bridges Trade BioRes on Monday 14 May, under the headline "Durban Dust Settles as Climate Negotiators Arrive in Bonn," and is included here for your reference. As climate change negotiators settle into their familiar roles at their first...
16 May 2012
The US and EU should aim for a comprehensive trade agreement by mid-2014, the EU's trade chief said on Friday 11 May. "Europe has several major partners, but our partnership with the United States is the one we take most seriously," EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht told an audience in Hamburg,...
16 May 2012
Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) found themselves once again at odds last week over how effectively the UN agency is implementing the Development Agenda (DA) recommendations that it adopted nearly five years ago. The Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (...
16 May 2012
China, Japan, and South Korea have agreed to begin formal negotiations later this year for a three-way free trade deal, heads of state from the three East Asian economies announced on Sunday 13 May. "Recognising that the establishment of an FTA ... would contribute to the economic growth and...
16 May 2012
Following three years of negotiations, members of the co-ordinating body for global food security efforts have agreed on a new set of voluntary guidelines aimed at bringing responsible governance to large-scale land acquisitions, which have become increasingly common as a result of the 2007-2008...
16 May 2012
Ten commercial airlines from India and China have failed to submit their carbon dioxide emissions data for 2011 to Brussels, the European Commission said on Tuesday 15 May. Should the airlines miss a new mid-June deadline to submit these figures, EU member states could decide to penalise these...
16 May 2012
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Europe is seeking candidates to fill the following four positions: Director of Eastern Europe, based in Warsaw, Poland; Project Officer of Southern Europe, based in Milan, Italy; Project Officer, France & Benelux, based in Brussels, Belgium; and Attaché, Head of...
16 May 2012
Coming soon WTO PUBLIC FORUM 2012: LAUNCH OF THE DISCUSSION FORUM. In the run-up to this year's WTO Public Forum in September, the event organisers are inviting submissions of short articles of no more than 1,000 words on the themes of the Forum, along with views on the articles submitted by others...
16 May 2012
TAKING STOCK OF DURBAN: REVIEW OF KEY OUTCOMES AND THE ROAD AHEAD. Published by the UN Development Programme (April 2012). This publication contains a detailed analysis of what was achieved at the 2011 Durban Climate Change Conference and what needs to be done for the road ahead. The paper finds...