The rise in the number of environment-related trade disputes has contributed to the increasing complexity of WTO disputes. Managing environment-related disputes requires smart handling and utilization of domestic resources and managing a fruitful collaboration between different role players and stakeholders. From the pre-litigation stage to implementation stage, countries have to balance environmental concerns, domestic industry needs, and compliance with trade obligations, at the same time. As with other disputes, governments need inputs from the relevant industry to assist in identifying trade barriers, as well as inputs from the environment community to provide guidance on the scientific or economic bases of existing or impending disputes.
Relatively few developing countries have gained practical experience and technical expertise in resorting to WTO and other dispute settlement mechanisms to address trade concerns relating to environment. With increasing worldwide interest and focus on the environment, it is crucial that developing countries keep abreast with the increasing complexity of trade and environment related disputes.
Lack of legal capacity is one of the major hurdles for developing countries, preventing them from actively and effectively protecting and promoting their trade interests in the trade and environment field. Legal capacity means solid institutional structures that allow for effective inter-governmental and multi-stakeholder coordination, processes that support and regulate the involvement of the relevant industry, trade law expertise, and national legislation that allows for effective implementation.
Against this background, the workshop, as part of the tripartite programme of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), aims to draw upon the experiences of countries that have successfully overcome the challenges in managing trade and environment-related disputes and thus able to share their experiences. The workshop is ultimately geared towards identifying best practices and providing guidance in the context of legal capacity building.

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Monday, 31 March 2014 - 12:00am

The ICTSD China Office, China Institute for WTO Studies at UIBE (CIWTO) and China Society for WTO Studies (CWTO) are organizing an international dialogue titled as China after Bali: Role of China in completing the Doha Round and Reinvigorating the WTO on Thursday 29 May 2014 at Beijing Friendship Hotel (北京友谊宾馆, China.

With the agreement on the Bali Package at the ninth WTO Ministerial Conference – a major achievement – there is a renewed focus on the conclusion of the Doha Development Agenda.

However, the future of the Doha Round and the WTO remains uncertain. To some extent, it will be defined by big trading economies - developed and emerging - individually and collectively. One of the key variables is how China will interpret the situation and how it will act and react.

2014 will be a critical year as Bali set a deadline of twelve months to agree on a work plan for concluding the Doha Round.  It is in this context, the ICTSD China Office initiated this project in partnership with CIWTO and CWTO. This workshop will discuss China’s post-Bali strategy in the WTO, role of China in completing the Doha Round, and China’s policies in others WTO negotiations out of the Doha.

The organizers would like to thank Chinese Ministry of Commerce and its Mission to the WTO for their support. We are grateful to the UK and Norwegian Embassies in China for their funding of this research project.

For more information and registration, please feel free to email china@ictsd.ch or call: +8610 6449 4787.

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 7:30am

Improving technology transfer flows and arrangements directed towards developing countries and LDCs has emerged as an important priority in a number of international forums such as the WTO, WIPO and beyond. It has also been a shared interest in the research agendas of ICTSD and the Centre for Global Development (CGD).

In this context, this expert meeting will discuss the draft of a new CGD paper entitled: ‘Europe Beyond Aid: Evaluating Europe’s contribution to the transfer of technology and knowledge to developing nations’ developed in cooperation with Walter Park (American University) and Owen Barder (CGD) who will present the paper at the dialogue. Beyond Europe, the meeting will also examine the status of current technology transfer discussions at both WTO and WIPO.

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Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 12:00am

This policy dialogue, which is being organised jointly by ICTSD and FAO, will seek to explore the relationship between farm policy reforms and the future of the multilateral trading system, looking in particular at the evolution of agricultural trade policy in major economies since the start of the WTO's Doha Round, and the implications of anticipated policy trajectories in the future. It will therefore draw in particular on research and analysis on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in the EU, the likely implications of the new US Farm Bill, and ongoing discussions about agricultural trade policy trajectories in Brazil, China, India and Russia. As policy-makers and trade negotiators seek to assess options for the post-Bali trading system, this dialogue will provide an opportunity for a range of policy actors to discuss informally how agricultural trade policy can best support global public policy objectives, including poverty reduction, food security and environmental sustainability.

Date: 24 September 2013, 9:00-18:00

Venue: Room S3, Centre William Rappard (WTO main building), Geneva

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013 - 12:00am