20 December 2016
President-elect Trump has repeatedly stated that he is against the Trans-Pacific Partnership as it exists and that he wants to negotiate “fair bilateral trade deals.” The author...
20 December 2016
With efforts to address climate change and the transition to clean energy central to the success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this article explores the extent to which trade rules are supportive of the Agenda’s objectives that relate to climate change and clean energy. The...
14 December 2016
It was set to be the biggest regional trade deal in history. But now, hopes of ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are dashed. On 21 November, President-elect Donald...
13 December 2016
For six of the eight years between 2008 to 2015, the growth of world import volume was lower than that of world GDP . What are the reasons behind this slowdown? Some arguments...
9 December 2016
The Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) has the potential to boost environmental goods, including clean energy and energy efficiency technologies, by lowering their costs and...
5 December 2016
On 15 October, after seven years of negotiations, 197 countries reached a historic agreement in Kigali, Rwanda, to amend the Montreal Protocol and phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) . HFCs are refrigerant gases used for commercial, residential and automotive purposes, and are hundreds to...
2 December 2016
While there is no international obligation to do so, there is a global trend to specialise or centralise the handling of certain types of intellectual property (IP) disputes. The...
25 November 2016
Global value chains are an important new reality in the world economy. But can increased GVC activity in developing countries generated by trade facilitation help promote economic...
25 October 2016
The World Trade Organization recently revised downward its 2016 estimate for growth in world trade to 1.7 percent . This new figure represents a 40 percent drop from its April...
14 October 2016
China began to implement a fair competition review system on 1 July 2016. The move is in line with China’s efforts to reduce transaction costs caused by unwarranted state...

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