8 November 2018

THE EVOLUTION OF SUBSTANTIVE INVESTMENT PROTECTIONS IN RECENT TRADE AND INVESTMENT TREATIES. By Catharine Titi for the RTA Exchange (November 2018). This paper has been prepared for the RTA Exchange, which is jointly implemented by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This new publication reviews eight international investment agreements (IIAs), examining how substantive investment protections have evolved in treaty-making. To learn more and to download the publication, visit the ICTSD website

DOING BUSINESS INDEX 2019. Published by the World Bank (October 2018). This index has been updated to reflect the latest data and trends on the ease of doing business within different countries, including how this affects small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It looks, for example, at what steps governments have taken to support entrepreneurship and private enterprise, among various others. To learn more or to access the index, visit the World Bank website

COMPETITION POLICY, TRADE AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY: EXISTING WTO ELEMENTS, COMMITMENTS IN REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS, CURRENT CHALLENGES AND ISSUES FOR REFLECTION. By Robert D. Anderson, William E. Kovacic, Anna Caroline Müller, and Nadezhda Sporysheva for the World Trade Organization (WTO) (October 2018). This working paper focuses on the evolution of competition law enforcement, looking at past efforts to develop a general agreement on competition policy for the international trading system, as well as at competition policy provisions in current trade agreements. To download the paper, visit the WTO website

CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES: TRADE CONFLICT AND SYSTEMIC COMPETITION. By C. Fred Bergsten for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) (October 2018). This policy brief examines the long-standing Sino-American trading relationship and the recent tensions that have emerged. The author also provides a series of related recommendations, which involve areas such as the WTO modernisation discussions among some countries, as well as participation in regional trade agreements, among others. The policy brief is available at the PIIE website

INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT LAW AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: KEY CASES FROM THE 2010s. Published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (October 2018). This e-book examines a series of past cases involving investor-state dispute settlement, with a particular focus on the sustainability dimension. The cases chosen for the review cover topics such as renewable energy, human rights, and environmental protection. The e-book is available at the IISD website.

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