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...
11 October 2016
Picture this: A group of young women, dressed alike in trendy uniforms, step out from a high rise office building on their way home from work. These women are first generation college graduates who have landed their first jobs in the Philippines’ growing call centre industry. In a country where GDP...
26 September 2016
This two-part blog post argues that the UK has independent rights and obligations as a WTO member, including those relating to the GATT 1994 and GATS concessions and commitments...
26 September 2016
Part I of this blog post argued that the UK currently has independent WTO obligations to comply with concessions and commitments set out in schedules that were annexed to the...
19 September 2016
Americans generally had become bored with Europe. We are fixated with the rise of China. There were tragic events in Europe that shocked the world — the attacks on Paris’ Charlie...
24 August 2016
President Obama recently stated that he would make the case for why the US should ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) , an international integration agreement (...

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