Dispute Settlement · Ongoing disputes at the WTO · Recent Updates · Trade and Environment · Western World

Is the WTO Dispute Settlement system in danger?

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?

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 · 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

Asian powerhouses · Dispute Settlement · Ongoing disputes at the WTO · Recent Updates · Trade and Environment · Western World

Guest Post: A cloud over Clove cigarettes

[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

Asian powerhouses · Recent Updates · Regional Trade Agreements/FTAs · Western World

Playing by the rules?: EEU, vested interests and economic integration

Regional integration has quicky emerged as the new age global trend in the field of international trade. ARecently a lot of people have been taken in with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a trading bloc forged between three ex-Soviet economies: Russia, Belarus and Kazakhastan.Opinions regarding the Russia-fueled merger were all over the news. Though the deal is… Continue reading Playing by the rules?: EEU, vested interests and economic integration