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 · 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 · Trade talks and negotiations · Western World

Breaking the Ice: China enters into its first FTA with a European nation

Reuters reports that the details of the China-Iceland FTA which covers goods, services and investment, have been released. The text of the agreement can be conveniently accessed here. Back in April 2007, formal negotiations between the two nations had begun and went on for four successful rounds till mid-2008. However, the initiative received a major setback… Continue reading Breaking the Ice: China enters into its first FTA with a European nation

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

Ongoing disputes at the WTO · Western World

Three Little Pigs: EU and Russia face off

In recent news, the Russia ban on pork imports from the EU has arrived on the WTO’s doorstep.[1] 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