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

Legal Analysis · Western World

ASID attack, Part 2 of Argentina’s WTO woes: Interpretation of Article XI:1

In the last post, I had briefly talked about how Argentina’s debt crisis had forced the nation to impose certain restrictions on imports from nations like the United States, the European Union, Japan and Mexico. These measures, including measures like the the Advanced Sworn Import Declaration (ASID), which required foreign firms to secure approval by… Continue reading ASID attack, Part 2 of Argentina’s WTO woes: Interpretation of Article XI:1

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 · Dispute Settlement · Western World

It’s all about the money: WTO and House of Cards

After binge watching Netflix’s original series, House of Cards, I couldn’t help going back and finding exactly how much of it (in terms of US-China relations) is accurate. Though it has several slight references to “rare earth minerals”(find out what that’s about here), the focus of the depicted trade war are negotiations revolving around a… Continue reading It’s all about the money: WTO and House of Cards

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

Ongoing disputes at the WTO · Recent Updates · Trade and Environment

Fate sealed?: Analysis of the Seal Products case – Part I

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

Ongoing disputes at the WTO

Guest Post: Russia’s position in the EU/Russia pork dispute

[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