Reading List

Trade and Beyond – Assorted Readings #1

Taking the cue from a blog I visited a few days back, I decided to include short posts comprising of links to interesting articles, commentaries and blog-posts that I come across daily. These will not be restricted to international trade law and will have stuff on general international law, arbitration law and probably some IPR and investment law as well.

Hope you like it!

Here is the first set of assorted links:

EU Trade Chief Cecilia Malmström talks about the need to deliver at the Nairobi conference next month. Her focus is largely agricultural subsidies and regional negotiations. The short piece gives an insight into what Europe wants out of the 10th Ministerial Conference, a historic event for the WTO.

On that point, the first draft of the Nairobi Conference has been prepared and released by the WTO. It is an unofficial “room document” (RD) which implies that they are not official WTO documents and are to be used only for reference purposes.

An Advocate General position in the WTO Dispute Settlement process? Sounds really interesting. If only one could access these Cambridge publications without going bankrupt. Sigh.

In any case, Rob Howse wants at least a “Senior Judicial Officer” in the Appellate Body in light of the recent (apparently disastrous) US-Tuna/Dolphin (21.5) decision. He questions the sway that some Secretariat members may have in determining AB rulings, particularly the current Director of the AB, Austrian lawyer Werner Zdouc. Though this stand is bound to ruffle some feathers, the Professor Howse’s blog post makes for a very interesting read.

C. Fred Bernsten of the Peterson Institute for International Economics discusses the importance of the TPP for Japan. Though I disagree with certain points he makes, including the fact that only Japan and the US have to ratify the agreement for it to come into force, he does make some valid arguments in favour of an Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area.

Kubo Mačák discusses the applicability of international law to the recent shooting down of Russia’s SU-24 jet by Turkey. He finds that two schools of international law seem to be apply in the situation and under both, the actions of Turkey are illegal. A crisp, informative take on the matter.

Also, are SMB (Security and Mobility Bonds) the new-age way to pay for a refugee crisis? J.K. Kirkegaard feels that SMBs are exactly what EU needs right now.

Added: Einstein and the importance of asking questions.

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