So there’s recently a lot of talk going around in trade law circles about the supposedly “grossly illegitimate” ruling in the long-standing Tuna/Dolphin dispute at the WTO. Some of you may already be aware of the problem underlying the case. It involves a complaint by Mexico against the United States regarding certain requirements that the latter… Continue reading Is the WTO Dispute Settlement system in danger?
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
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
[The following is a guest post by Jayant Raghu Ram, an alumnus of National Law University, Jodhpur. He is currently working as a Research Fellow with the Centre for WTO Studies in the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.] The recent case of US-Clove Cigarettes is making a fresh comeback in the news. The decision of the WTO Appellate… Continue reading Guest Post: A cloud over Clove cigarettes
In recent news, the Panel for the India-Solar Cells dispute has been established. The unrelenting attack from the US-led West must be countered strongly by India. New Prime Minister, Mr. Narender Modi has given this job primarily to the Mrs.Nirmala Sitharaman in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. She stands to be one of the key players… Continue reading Part II: Alternative Defences for India in the Solar Cells dispute.
Recently, the WTO dispute regarding EU’s regime regarding the trade of seal products has resulted in plenty of insightful debates. The Appellate Body report came out a few days back and trade law experts like Simon Lester and Rob Howse have chipped in extensively. I’ll be taking on a few aspects of the case, as… Continue reading Fate sealed?: Analysis of the Seal Products case – Part I
[The following is a guest post by Greetika Francis, an alumnus of National Law University, Jodhpur. She is currently working with the Trade Policy division (Ministry of Commerce) under the Government of India.] Consultations between EU and Russia regarding the latter’s ban on pork and pork products from EU’s territory are currently ongoing.The “EU-wide” ban… Continue reading Guest Post: Russia’s position in the EU/Russia pork dispute
Anyone who has been keeping up with recent WTO news will know that two economic giants have been crossing swords over certain underground gems. I’m of course referring to the WTO dispute concerning China’s export restriction on rare earth materials of Tungsten and Molybdenum. The United States, EU and Japan brought a case against the… Continue reading Hold on to your horses! : The preemptive appeal (China- Rare Earths, Part I)
In recent news, the Russia ban on pork imports from the EU has arrived on the WTO’s doorstep. Last January, Russian officials had imposed the ban after EU found swine fever in four wild boars in Lithuania and Poland. The move had massive trade repercussions especially because Russia is biggest importer of pork from the 28-member… Continue reading Three Little Pigs: EU and Russia face off