Asian powerhouses · Developing nations and LDCs · Regional Trade Agreements/FTAs · Western World

Part II: Good morning, Vietnam!

The irony in the title is that while the 1987 Robbin Williams starrer was based on the US war in Vietnam during the 60s and 70s, this post is about a 21st Century trade pact where the former is still trying to “make the world more like them“. Let me explain. The United States is one of the few… Continue reading Part II: Good morning, Vietnam!

Asian powerhouses · Developing nations and LDCs · Recent Updates · Regional Trade Agreements/FTAs · Western World

Let’s talk about the TPP: Part I

The TPP is definitely the talk of the town. It’s mentioned everywhere. In newspaper op-eds to academic articles. You may have heard of it – a massive “free-trade” pact between 12 (majorly pacific-rim) countries, spearheaded by the United States. Apart from Vietnam, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) members include countries like New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Peru and Mexico. The double-quotations around the… Continue reading Let’s talk about the TPP: Part I

Developing nations and LDCs · Dispute Settlement · Legal Analysis · Ongoing disputes at the WTO

To import or not to import? : The case of Argentina- Financial Services

Often, the incentive to write on a subject can be found in the work of experts from that field. When I first began posting for the blog, my main source of trade law news was Simon Lester’s International Economic Law and Policy blog. That, coupled with matter form WorldTradeLaw.net was my daily source of trade inspiration, providing… Continue reading To import or not to import? : The case of Argentina- Financial Services

Developing nations and LDCs · Recent Updates · Western World

Ms. Cristina’s trouble with ASID: Trade’s essential policy dilemma and Argentina’s debt crisis

Yesterday, a WTO panel came out against Argentina by ruling that certain domestic instruments undertaken by the nation restricted EU goods from competing fairly in the domestic Argentine market, including measures the Advanced Sworn Import Declaration (ASID), which required foriegn firms to secure approval by the Argentine authorities before importing goods. The same provides an interesting perspective into the North-South divide,… Continue reading Ms. Cristina’s trouble with ASID: Trade’s essential policy dilemma and Argentina’s debt crisis

Asian powerhouses · Developing nations and LDCs · Indian Masala · Recent Updates · The Doha Debate · Uncategorized · Western World

How India landed in a very common crisis: a much-needed response to the TFA controversy

It had to happen. There was too much at stake. India’s new government had boldly stood by its predecessor’s decision to provide massive agricultural subsidies through the implementation of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), passed last year. On the other side, the US had decided to amplify its attempts to conclude the pending TPP negotiations, which… Continue reading How India landed in a very common crisis: a much-needed response to the TFA controversy

Developing nations and LDCs · Dispute Settlement · Ongoing disputes at the WTO · Recent Updates · Trade and Environment

What’s so plain about Plain Packaging? – Part One: The policy perspective

If you happen to Google search “plain packaging dispute world trade organization”, the first thing that hits you is that Australia is going to see some tough trading times. Five nations- Ukraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Indonesia, have decided to challenge Australia’s “plain packaging” laws. In force since December 2012, these regulations mandated that all… Continue reading What’s so plain about Plain Packaging? – Part One: The policy perspective

Developing nations and LDCs · Recent Updates · Trade talks and negotiations

160 and counting: Yemen joins the club.

The WTO website reports that yesterday, after depositing its Instrument of Acceptance with Director General Roberto Azevedo, Yemen confirmed its membership terms and became the 160th country (and 7th Least Developed Country)to do so. Officially, Yemen will be granted the status of a WTO member on the 26th of June. The list of its commitments can… Continue reading 160 and counting: Yemen joins the club.