July 14, 2022: End of Current Thoughts on Trade
July 5, 2022: U.S. Presidential Proclamation of June 27, 2022 increases duties on imports from Russia on hundreds of 8-digit HS categories of merchandise
June 28, 2022: Action of G7 on Food Security and Fact Sheet from White House
June 27, 2022: The global food insecurity crisis — efforts to reduce the crisis and avoid widespread social unrest
June 17, 2022: WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference — some successes after a difficult five plus days
June 11, 2022: WTO 12th Ministerial Conference — Draft documents forwarded to Ministers for Consideration; a review of the Fisheries Subsidies latest text
June 9, 2022: The WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference starts in three days – will modest results yet be possible?
June 8, 2022: Biden Administration makes moves to increase domestic production of various green energy products while providing a two-year exemption from duties for solar cells and panels from selected countries not currently subject to trade remedies
May 31, 2022: European Council May 30-31, 2022 Meeting — finally EU sanctions on most Russian oil; food security from Russian invasion of Ukraine remains problematic
May 24, 2022: How severe is the food security challenge?
May 17, 2022: “The Future of the World Trade Organization” a virtual event by the Bipartisan Policy Center, discussion of dispute settlement
May 16, 2022: Wheat prices spike following Indian export ban
May 15, 2022: India bans exports of wheat, complicating efforts to address global food security problems posed by Russia’s war in Ukraine
May 11, 2022: Less than five weeks to the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference — what are likely deliverables?
May 9, 2022: Latest round of sanctions against Russia and Belarus for unprovoked war against Ukraine
May 4, 2022: Access to vaccines – the public release of the text from the U.S., EU, India and South Africa to the full WTO Membership for consideration by the Council for Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
May 3, 2022: Aiding Ukraine economically — EU’s efforts to suspend all tariffs and antidumping duties for a year on imports from Ukraine; will others make similar efforts?
May 1, 2022: Financial Times article from May 1, 2022 reaffirms current excess capacity for COVID-19 vaccines
April 30, 2022: World Trade Organization 12th Ministerial Conference — the possible response to the COVID-19 pandemic amid the declining demand for vaccines
April 28, 2022: WTO Reform and the 12th Ministerial Conference — What Is likely on Dispute Settlement?
April 23, 2022: The WTO’s upcoming 12th Ministerial Conference to be held in Geneva the week of June 13, 2022 — What can be expected in the current geopolitical environment?
April 19, 2022: Recent estimates of global effects from Russian invasion of Ukraine
April 14, 2022: Challenging China’s Trade Practices — What Role for the WTO?
April 11, 2022: Additional trade and financial sanctions imposed on Russian Federation as evidence of atrocities in Ukraine by Russian soldiers mounts
April 5, 2022: WTO Dispute Settlement in 2022 — to date (April 5, 2022) European Union is only WTO Member to file new disputes
March 30, 2022: Food security challenges posed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine
March 26, 2022: Blockage of Accession of Belarus to WTO, additional sanctions on Russia and other recent developments
March 20, 2022: Banned imports, higher tariffs, other actions by trading partners as Russia and Belarus lose most favored nation treatment by G-7 countries and EU during the conflict in Ukraine
March 17, 2022: Possible Compromise on Access to Vaccines — draft understanding between EU, US, South Africa and India
March 15, 2022: Despite the China-Russian Federation Relationship, is supporting Russia in China’s economic interest?
March 15, 2022: A global trading system without the Russian Federation (and other autocratic states?) – what the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine may mean for global trade
March 13, 2022: Additional trade and other sanctions imposed by G-7 and EU countries on Russia and Belarus on March 11, 2022
March 9, 2022: U.S. joins Canada in banning imports of Russian oil and gas; EU announces plan to drastically reduce reliance on Russian gas; United Kingdom will phase out imports of oil and gas from Russia by end of 2022; Australian oil companies stop purchasing Russian oil.
March 6, 2022L The 2022 Trade Policy Agenda of the President of the United States
March 5, 2022: Joint letter from European Union and United States on removing the Russian Federation from the WTO Developed Countries Coordinating Group
March 4, 2022: Removal of MFN benefits for goods from Russia and Belarus — Canada moves first; Ukraine applies economic embargo on Russia; EU and US consider removal of MFN benefits
March 2, 2022: A former Appellate Body Chair argues WTO Members have the ability to remove the Russian Federation from WTO Membership; other proposals to strip MFN benefits from Russia and services restrictions
February 28, 2022: Trade sanctions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
February 22, 2022: Addressing Medical Waste as Part of the Global Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
February 21, 2022: USTR’s 2021 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy
February 21, 2022: The European Union’s February 18, 2022 request for consultations with China over China’s “anti-suit injunctions” in intellectual property disputes and its failure to publish decisions and respond to EU inquiries
February 21, 2022: The EU – AU Summit and the promise of a resolution to the WTO pandemic response package
February 16, 2022: Building Vaccine Capacity in Africa – Exciting News from BioNTech
February 16, 2022: USTR’s 2021 Report to Congress on China’s WTO Compliance — a recognition that all of China’s distortions to competition cannot be dealt with within the WTO
February 14, 2022: Dispute Settlement Reform at the WTO — What Needs to Precede Negotiations?
February 13, 2022: February 10, 2022 release of ILO report and subsequent U.S. State Department press release on forced labor and other human rights issues in Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China
February 11, 2022: Stopping imports made in whole or in part from forced labor — U.S. law and the looming challenge on goods made from cotton and polysilicon
February 9, 2022: The WTO Panel Report, UNITED STATES – SAFEGUARD MEASURE ON IMPORTS OF LARGE RESIDENTIAL WASHERS, WT/DS546/R (8 February 2022)
February 5, 2022: The WTO’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic — will Members reach agreement by the end of February?
January 30, 2022: Recent National Public Radio story, “Africa may have reached the pandemic’s holy grail,” raises interesting questions on a country’s age distribution and ability to get past the pandemic stage with lower vaccination rates
January 28, 2022: The trade and investment restrictions flowing from censorship — a recent U.S. International Trade Commission Report and the implications for the ongoing Joint Statement Initiative on E-Commerce
January 27, 2022: WTO Arbitration Report on China’s challenge to U.S. countervailing duty investigations — while retaliation is much smaller than China sought, core problems with original Appellate Body decision flags challenge to restoring the Dispute Settlement binding process
January 27, 2022: The European Union requests consultations with China at the WTO for restrictions on Lithuanian goods imposed by China
January 25, 2022: WTO negotiations on agriculture — slow if any progress to date
January 23, 2022: COVID-19 Omicron variant – hopeful signs of peaking in the U.S. and Europe; supply disruptions continue from zero tolerance policy in China
January 17, 2022: Cybertheft of intellectual property – do there need to be greater trade deterrents?
January 16, 2022: Is it time for a new approach to bilateral trade with China?
January 11, 2022: WTO efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic — the January 10, 2022 General Council meeting and some current developments of interest
January 9, 2022: How to Make Trade Work for Working Men and Women in 2022 — changing the status quo is needed but unrealistic in the near future
January 7, 2022: China’s “bullying” of Lithuania — a repeating story inconsistent with WTO rules
January 5, 2022: The Russian Federation’s compliance with WTO obligations — the recent USTR Report
December 30, 2021: COVID-19 and vaccine equity — outlook for 2022
December 29, 2021: WTO Dispute Settlement — What the Recently Adopted Panel Report on United States – Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Ripe Olives from Spain says about the existing dispute settlement system and about needed WTO reforms
December 19, 2021: Forced labor and trade — U.S. Congress passes legislation to address China’s treatment of Uyghurs
December 11, 2021: 20 Years of China’s Membership in the WTO — a brief critique
December 6, 2021: Conclusion of Joint Statement Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation — a win for the WTO and services trade
November 29, 2021: Postponement of the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference, continued efforts to increase vaccinations
November 23, 2021: WTO-IMF COVID-19 Vaccine Trade Tracker provides useful information in analyzing vaccine equity
November 22, 2021: Trade and Health at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference
November 18, 2021: Will there be another extension of the WTO Moratorium on customs duties on e-commerce — expanding global trade or creating additional barriers
November 17, 2021: The role of plurilaterals in the WTO’s future.
November 15, 2021: The folly of self-selection as a developing country at the WTO.
November 10, 2021: The APEC 2021 Ministerial Meeting Joint Statement — portion relevant to WTO 12th Ministerial Meeting
November 9, 2021: WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations — a second revised text from November 8 holds out hope for a deal by MC12; how realistic is the hope?
November 4, 2021: The WTO and the environment — will the 2020s be different in terms of trade policies that are environmentally supportive?
November 2, 2021: What does the U.S.-EU Agreement on steel and aluminum imply for the upcoming 12th WTO Ministerial Conference?
October 30, 2021: WTO reform — distortions to market access and the need for better information
October 21, 2021: UPDATE: WTO Trade Policy Review Press Releases Corrected to Include Full Secretariat and Government Reports in reviews of the Republic of Korea and China
October 20, 2021: WTO reduces transparency of Trade Policy Reviews — what is the possible justification?
October 16, 2021: What role China could play in WTO reform — possibilities are real but chances of a positive role are not
October 15, 2021: The G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Statement of October 12 and Amb. Tai’s comments on the WTO from October 14 –the ongoing divide among major Members makes a meaningful WTO MC12 less likely
October 12, 2021: See WTO Information Notes on COVID-19 Vaccine Production and Potential Bottlenecks
October 8, 2021: The gap between WTO activity and the needs of businesses and workers for the international trading system
October 4, 2021: The Indo-Pacific region — increased interest in the CPTPP by major trading nations; implications for international trade; U.S. policy towards China
September 30, 2021: The WTO Dispute Settlement System — What Member Comments on the Recent Panel Decision in United States – Safeguard Measure on Import on Crystaline Silicon Photovoltaic Products Say about the Need for Reform
The WTO Dispute Settlement System — What Member Comments on the Recent Panel Decision in United States – Safeguard Measure on Import on Crystaline Silicon Photovoltaic Products Say about the Need for Reform
September 29, 2021: U.S. Department of Commerce commences a national security investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, on NdFeB permanent magnet imports
U.S. Department of Commerce commences a national security investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, on NdFeB permanent magnet imports
September 27, 2021: Global efforts to expand COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution — an all hands on deck effort being led by the U.S. and EU with active support of many governments and others
Global efforts to expand COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution — an all hands on deck effort being led by the U.S. and EU with active support of many governments and others.
September 24, 2021: Modifications to U.S. Commerce Department Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Regulations — important improvements on selected topics
Modifications to U.S. Commerce Department Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Regulations — important improvements on selected topics
September 20, 2021: The WTO panel report on the U.S. safeguard case on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products — a well reasoned report but exemplifying the challenges that China’s non-market economy and policies pose to global trade
The WTO panel report on the U.S. safeguard case on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products — a well reasoned report but exemplifying the challenges that China’s non-market economy and policies pose to global trade
September 18, 2021: The WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference in Late November – early December 2021 — the struggle for relevance
The WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference in Late November – early December 2021 — the struggle for relevance
May 17, 2021: U.S. – EU efforts to resolve bilateral disputes and address underlying trade distortive practices
May 14, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccines — Bolivia seeks a compulsory license to produce a vaccine in a third country
May 13, 2021: WTO Fisheries Subsidies Agreement negotiations — the Chair’s May 11 text and the road to the July 15 virtual TNC meeting with trade ministers
May 10, 2021: World Trade Organization — possible deliverables for the 12th Ministerial Conference to be held in Geneva November 30-December 3, 2021
May 6, 2021: COVID-19 vaccines — role of WTO and developments at May 5-6, 2021 General Council meeting on TRIPS Waiver
May 4, 2021: WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala announces selection of four Deputy Directors-General
May 1, 2021: Alan Wolff’s vision for saving the WTO — aspirational but is it achievable?
April 29, 2021: COVID-19 — Efforts to help India during its current surge of cases, hospitalizations and deaths
April 27, 2021: WTO and forced labor in cotton — Commentary by Amb. Dennis Shea, former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
April 25, 2021: The U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Agreement — Purchases of goods and services by China continue to lag dramatically behind commitments
April 24, 2021: WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations — a push to complete negotiations by July
April 22, 2021: The importance of addressing “overreach” in reforming the WTO Appellate Body
April 19, 2021: WTO Dispute Settlement — scheduled April 28, 2021 Dispute Settlement Body meeting is a go?
April 18, 2021: President Biden nominates two to be Deputy U.S. Trade Representatives in important step to fill some of the important vacancies at USTR
April 18, 2021: WTO’s April 14th virtual meeting to review COVID-19 vaccine availability
April 17, 2021: Japan’s Prime Minister Suga’s visit to the United States — agreements on a range of important topics
April 16, 2021: U.S. Department of the Treasury Semi-Annual Report on Trading Partner Currency Practices — a change from the December 2020 Report
April 16, 2021: USTR speech on trade and the environment, April 15, 2021
April 13, 2021: April 15, 2021 — U.S and Gavi co-host event for additional funding for COVAX amid concerns about two workhorse vaccines for COVAX
April 11, 2021: Global agricultural trade — U.S. efforts at the WTO to expand agricultural trade
April 8, 2021: COVAX delivers COVID-19 vaccines to 100th country; India surge in infections likely to reduce product availability for COVAX through May and likely longer
April 8, 2021: USTR 2021 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers — areas of concern with a focus on China
April 6, 2021: IMF April World Economic Outlook, IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings and U.S. efforts on global access to vaccines
April 5, 2021: Recent G7 Trade Ministers Meeting — WTO issues of interest
April 2, 2021: Global vaccinations against COVID-19; developments and challenges in the roll-out for many countries
April 1, 2021: Biden Administration continues treatment of Hong Kong as no longer autonomous from China, inter alia, for purposes of marking of products
March 31, 2021: When will WTO DG Okonjo-Iweala reveal choices for Deputy Directors-General?
March 31, 2021: “Blowing up the trading system” — Clyde Prestowitz’s suggested way for the world to move forward in light of China’s economic system
March 29, 2021: China and the WTO – remarks by Dennis C. Shea to the Coalition for a Prosperous America
March 28, 2021: U.S. blocks inclusion of Venezuelan request for panel on U.S. sanctions at WTO, Dispute Settlement Body meeting of March 26, 2021 postponed
March 27, 2021: U.S. Section 301 investigations on digital services taxes by trading partners — USTR seeks public comment on proposed tariffs in six of ten investigations and terminates investigations on Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union and Indonesia
March 25, 2021: Global vaccinations for COVID-19 — continued supply chain and production issues and a new wave of infections in many countries delay greater ramp up for some until late in the second quarter of 2021
March 24, 2021: When human rights violations create trade distortions — the case of China’s treatment of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang
March 22, 2021: Seafood obtained from illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing — U.S. International Trade Commission report on estimated imports into the U.S.
March 20, 2021: The U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Agreement under the Biden Administration
March 19, 2021: U.S. files appeal at the WTO from panel report in case brought by the Republic of Korea — United States — Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties on Certain Products and the Use of Facts Available (DS539)
March 19, 2021: WTO reform — trade and environment issues to be examined should include addressing ocean/sea trawling effects on carbon capture/release
March 17, 2021: Katherine Tai confirmed by Senate as United States Trade Representative
March 16, 2021: Trade actions in the United States under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (national security) — Congressional efforts to amend U.S. law
March 15, 2021: Climate change and a border tax — will the U.S. and EU have a unified position at the WTO in 2021?
March 12, 2021: COVID-19 vaccines – U.S., Japan, India and Australia agree to one billion doses for Indo-Pacific countries
March 12, 2021: The 8-9 March “Global C19 Vaccine Supply Chain and Manufacturing Summit” – efforts to ramp-up production
March 11, 2021: “No Quick Fixes for WTO Dispute Settlement Reform” — a skeptical view by the former Deputy USTR of the EU’s willingness to address core U.S. concerns
March 10, 2021: Today’s webinar hosted by Georgetown Law’s Institute for International Economic Law “Rethinking the WTO: Opportunity for Transatlantic Cooperation” — many areas for likely cooperation; some important challenges
March 9, 2021: WTO Director-General Okonjo-Iweala’s statement on International Women’s Day, a broader read on gender equality; U.S., EU and New Zealand actions and statements
March 9, 2021: The Biden Administration should join the Joint Statement Initiatives that it is not presently party to
March 8, 2011: March 8, 2021, International Women’s Day — statements of UN Women Executive Director, heads of WTO, UNCTAD and International Trade Centre, and U.S. Executive Orders and Statement by President Biden
March 6, 2021: WTO’s four Deputy Directors-General tenure reportedly concludes at the end of March 2021 — thanks for an outstanding job
March 5, 2021: COVID-19 vaccines — France supports Italy’s blockage of a shipment to Australia; while Australia has asked the EU to permit the shipment, Australia will have its own production of AstraZeneca product by the end of March
March 5, 2021: U.S. and EU issue joint statement suspending for four months retaliatory tariffs from large civil aircraft WTO disputes (Airbus-Boeing)
March 4, 2021: Italy blocks exports of COVID-19 vaccines to Australia, first blockage of export authorization by the EU or its member states
March 4, 2021: The EU’s response to challenges to its actions on COVID-19 vaccine exports
March 4, 2021, First step in resolving the Airbus-Boeing WTO dispute — U.K. and U.S. announce four month suspension of retaliatory tariffs effective March 4, 2021
March 3, 2021: WTO Director-General opinion piece in the Financial Times and recent actions by the U.S.
March 2, 2021: Katherine Tai, USTR designate, on addressing WTO reform including dispute settlement if confirmed; the USTR 2021 Trade Policy Agenda
March 1, 2021: WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s opening statement at the March 1 General Council meeting
February 27, 2021: Intellectual Property and Innovation: Making MSMEs competition in green tech
February 26, 2021: WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s first week on the job starts with a two day General Council meeting
February 25, 2021: U.S. Trade Representative nominee Katherine Tai confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee
February 24, 2021: Roadmap for a renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership – implications for WTO initiatives
February 24, 2021: Launch of the Silverado Policy Accelerator
February 23, 2021: WTO Dispute Settlement Body meeting of February 22, 2021 — panels authorized in two matters; impasse on the Appellate Body remains
February 22, 2021: An early test for the incoming WTO Director-General — helping Members get the Fisheries Subsidies negotiations to a conclusion
February 20, 2021: Will India and South Africa (and others) prevent future relevance of the WTO?
February 19, 2021: COVAX’s efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to low- and middle income countries — additional momentum received from G-7 virtual meeting
February 18, 2021: The European Commission’s 18 February 2021 Trade Policy Review paper and Annex — WTO reform and much more proposed
February 17, 2021: The amended European Union enforcement regulation — hypocrisy or a reasonable move?
February 16, 2021: Special Session of the General Council at WTO appoints Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the seventh Director-General
February 13, 2021: Leadership change at the WTO — with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s arrival next week, what support team and early changes in the role of the Secretariat could help WTO Members move forward?
February 12, 2021: U.S. decides not to modify retaliation list of goods from WTO dispute with EU on Airbus subsidies
February 9, 2021: WTO Special General Council meeting called for 3 p.m. on February 15, 2021 to consider appointment of a Director-General
February 8, 2021: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala — a review of her statements on important issues before the WTO ahead of her being confirmed as the Director-General
February 6, 2021: U.S.-China Phase I Trade Agreement – data through December 2020; China has increased purchases of agricultural and energy products above 2017 levels but did not reach first year agreed purchases in 2020 and won’t reached the agreed level even if measured from March 2020-February 2021
February 5, 2021: Biden Administration throws support behind Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala for next Director-General of the World Trade Organization
February 5, 2021: WTO Director-General selection process — withdrawal of Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo important step to consensus behind Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
February 3, 2021: COVID-19 agricultural fall out — higher prices for many consumers and greater food insecurity
February 2, 2021: Early trade action by Biden Administration — reinstating aluminum duties on imports from the United Arab Emirates
February 1, 2021: The EU’s export authorization requirement for COVID-19 vaccines — contrary to their oft repeated position of maintaining open markets during the pandemic
January 30, 2021: The WTO Informal Ministerial of January 29, 2021 — hope for progress at the WTO in 2021
January 29, 2021: WTO Panel report on UNITED STATES – ANTI-DUMPING AND COUNTERVAILING DUTIES ON CERTAIN PRODUCTS AND THE USE OF FACTS AVAILABLE should be appealed by the United States
January 27, 2021: Recent WTO report on services trade and January 2021 International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook Update — the future growth depends on vaccinations of peoples around the world
January 26, 2021: Letter from variety of former U.S. officials to President Biden urges U.S. support for Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as next WTO Director General
January 25, 2021: Child labor and forced labor in cotton production — is there a current WTO mandate to identify and quantify the distortive effects?
January 24, 2021: Forced labor and child labor – a continued major distortion in international trade for some products
January 23, 2021: WTO and the World Food Programme – action by 79 Members after a failed December effort at the General Council
January 21, 2021: The Biden Administration’s efforts to rein in the COVID-19 pandemic start as global new cases tops ten million over the last two weeks for the first time
January 19, 2021: Malaysia files a request for consultations with the European Union and Certain Member States on certain measures concerning palm oil and oil palm crop-based biofuels at the WTO on January 15
January 19, 2021: The next Director-General of the WTO – USTR Lighthizer’s comments to the Financial Times
January 18, 2021: Revisiting the need for MFN treatment for sectoral agreements among the willing
January 17, 2021, USTR on January 14, 2021 released its 2020 report to Congress on China’s WTO compliance
January 16, 2020: Request for the establishment of a WTO panel by Hong Kong, China contesting the U.S. origin marking requirement
January 15, 2021: USTR releases report from Section 301 investigation on Vietnam’s currency valuation
January 15, 2021: Continued surge of COVID-19 cases results in extended restrictions in many countries affecting trade and economic growth
January 15, 2021: U.S. Section 301 investigations on digital services taxes by trading partners – USTR releases additional reports on January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021: First dispute settlement cases of 2021 at the WTO — Costa Rica requests consultations with Panama for various restrictions on agricultural products viewed as violating SPS obligations and more; EU requests establishment of a panel to address its concerns with Indonesia’s export restrictions on inputs for stainless steel
January 13, 2021: U.S. trade policy under a Biden Administration and a Democratically-controlled Congress — how will a search for social justice and more equitable distribution of benefits affect trade laws and negotiations?
January 10, 2021: U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley requests an investigation into foreign government censorship and how such censorship may adversely impact U.S. businesses and citizens – a focus on China but broader in reach
January 9, 2021: U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Agreement — Data through November 2020; China has increased purchases of agricultural and energy products above 2017 levels but will not reach first year agreed purchases in 2020 whether measured on a calendar basis or on a March 2020-February 2021 basis
January 8, 2021: U.S. Section 301 investigations on digital service taxes by trading partners – an update
January 5, 2021: Global economic rebound in 2021 will be affected by rate of vaccinations against COVID-19 – World Bank’s January 5, 2021 release of its World Economic Prospects report
January 3, 2021: 2021 – how quickly will COVID-19 vaccines bring the pandemic under control?
December 31, 2020: WTO Dispute Settlement – Airbus-Boeing disputes have provided an additional end-of-year complication
December 30, 2020: European Union and China announce Comprehensive Agreement on Investment
December 29, 2020: Are “level the playing field” provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement a harbinger of possible reforms at the WTO?
December 28, 2020: The December 24, 2020 trade and other agreements between the European Union and the United Kingdom — the price and rewards of Brexit
December 26, 2020: U.S. proposed draft Ministerial Decision – making weak or unenforced environmental standards potentially countervailable
December 23, 2020: In last two weeks, United States adds more than three million new confirmed COVID-19 cases; world approaches nine million new cases; first vaccines start to ship in United Kingdom, Canada, Bahrain, United States and shortly in the European Union; hope for a better 2021
December 22, 2020: China’s trade war with Australia – unwarranted and at odds with China’s portrayal of itself as a strong supporter of the WTO
December 21, 2020: Vietnam and Switzerland found to be “currency manipulators” in latest U.S. Treasury semiannual report
December 18, 2020: The WTO ends the year with General Council and Dispute Settlement Body meetings
December 16, 2020: The fisheries subsidies negotiations – U.S. comments from December 2 meeting add clarity to the inability to achieve an agreement and the lack of “like-mindedness” among Members
December 15, 2020: The fisheries subsidies negotiations – failure by WTO Members to deliver an agreement by the end of 2020
December 14, 2020: WTO December 14th Heads of Delegation meeting – parting comments of U.S. Ambassador Dennis Shea
December 13, 2020: As first COVID-19 vaccine starts to be shipped to the United Kingdom, Canada, Bahrain and the United States, the number of new cases reaches another record over the last fourteen days
December 12, 2020: The Incoming Biden Administration and International Trade – Katherine Tai, nominee for U.S. Trade Representative
December 11, 2020: Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights meeting of December 10, 2020 – no resolution on proposed waiver of TRIPS obligations to address the pandemic
December 10, 2020: U.S.-China Phase I Trade Agreement – data through October 2020; while China has increased purchases of agricultural and some other products, China remains far behind on the agreed purchases in 2020 whether measured on a calendar basis or on a March 2020-February 2021 basis
December 8, 2020: Trade for Peace Week at the WTO – a positive look at how trade can and should contribute to global peace and stability
December 7, 2020: WTO Government Procurement – proposed action by the United States to modify obligations of the central government on medicines and medical goods contained in Annex 1
December 6, 2020: Upcoming December 11th Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights meeting – reaction to proposed waiver from TRIPS obligations to address COVID-19
December 5, 2020: As United States continues to set new records in COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations, United States accounts for more than 30% of new cases in last 14 days
December 4, 2020: Farewell remarks of WTO AB member Prof. Dr. Hong Zhao, November 30, 2020
December 2, 2020: The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission 2020 annual report – recommendations to the U.S. Congress
November 30, 2020: WTO accessions – perhaps the most valuable benefit for Members in the first 25 years of the WTO’s existence
November 29, 2020: World COVID-19 pandemic peaks on November 26 and starts to slowly recede
November 27, 2020: The Ottawa Group’s November 23 communication and draft elements of a trade and health initiative
November 24, 2020: Responding to a comment received on yesterday’s post, WTO subsidy disciplines – an update and coordination across areas is long overdue
November 23, 2020: WTO subsidy disciplines – an update and coordination across areas is long overdue
November 23, 2020: G20 Leaders’ Declaration, 22 November 2020
November 22, 2020: DDG Wolff’s comments to G20 on immediate challenges for trade to address economic rebound from the pandemic and for WTO reform
November 19, 2020: The WTO selection process for the next Director-General – possible steps that can be taken in the coming weeks
November 19, 2020: United States becomes only country to have more than 2,000,000 new COVID-19 cases in fourteen days
November 17, 2020: WTO initiatives on trade and the environment — likely to receive a warm welcome under a Biden Administration
November 17, 2020: New COVID-19 cases over a fourteen day period continue to soar past eight million, up from five million on October 22
November 16, 2020: Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership signed on November 15, 2020
November 15, 2020: COVID-19 pandemic continues to spin out of control globally; U.S. becomes first country to record more than one million new cases in a week
November 13, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 trade agreement – Data through September 2020; USDA and USTR report on agriculture portion
November 10, 2020: U.S. becomes first country to exceed 100,000 new COVID-19 cases/day for a fourteen day period
November 10, 2020: The values of the WTO – do Members and the final Director-General candidates endorse all of them?
November 7, 2020: New COVID-19 cases over a fourteen day period continue to soar from five million on October 22 to six million on October 30 to seven million on November 7
November 6, 2020: Postponement of WTO General Council meeting to consider recommendation of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as next Director-General
November 5, 2020: Revision to draft fisheries subsidies text presented by Chair of the Negotiating Group on Rules at November 2 informal open-ended meeting
November 4, 2020: WTO reports a 30% decline in commercial services trade in 2nd quarter of 2020 – travel challenges through September will continue to put downward pressure on commercial services trade
November 3, 2020: Hong Kong requests consultations with the United States on the change in origin marking requirements for goods from Hong Kong
November 2, 2020: India and South Africa seek waiver from WTO intellectual property obligations to add COVID-19 – issues presented
November 1, 2020: United States becomes second country to have more than 1,000,000 new COVID-19 cases in fourteen days
October 30, 2020: In last eight days, the number of global new COVID-19 cases over past fourteen days has grown from five to six million
October 29, 2020: WTO press release from informal Heads of Delegation meeting on October 28 and Amb. Walker’s statement to the WTO membership on the outcome of the third round of consultations in the Director-General selection process
October 29, 2020: October 29th video discussion on WTO Director-General selection process following the announcement of results of third round of consultations and U.S. announcement of not backing the candidate with the greatest support
October 29, 2020: U.S. support for Minister Yoo for WTO Director-General premised on need for person with trade expertise
October 28, 2020: WTO Director-General selection process doesn’t generate immediate consensus
October 27, 2020: WTO Dispute Settlement Body meeting of October 26, 2020 – no movement on Appellate Body impasse; U.S. appeals panel report on its imposition of tariffs on Chinese goods
October 26, 2020: WTO Director-General selection – press reports EU, Japan join those supporting Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria
October 26, 2020: As November approaches Europe and the United States facing rapidly growing new COVID-19 cases
October 23, 2020: China’s trade-restrictive actions against Australia – what they say about China’s compliance with notification requirements and the importance of market-economy conditions in global trade
October 22, 2020: COVID-19 new cases over last 14 days pass 5,000,000 for first time on October 22
October 20, 2020: Third Round of Consultations in Selecting New WTO Director-General – eight days to go, political outreach continues at high level
October 18, 2020: Reform at the WTO – fundamental divisions continue on key issues for U.S.
October 15, 2020: WTO remaining candidates for the Director-General position – questions and answers from the July 15 and 16 meetings with the General Council
October 14, 2020: The effect of COVID-19 on the operation of WTO dispute settlement panels – Australia and others raise at September 28 Dispute Settlement Body meeting
October 13, 2020: It is time for the U.S. and EU to resolve the longstanding disputes on subsidies to Airbus and Boeing
October 12, 2020: U.S. commences two investigations into Vietnam under Sec. 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended – on currency and on use of illegally harvested timber
October 11, 2020: World COVID-19 pandemic continues to spin out of control – more than 4.3 million new cases in last two weeks
October 10, 2020: U.S.-China Phase I Trade Agreement – first six months data on U.S. exports (March-August 2020) covered by the purchase commitments show China needing to triple purchases in next six months to meet first year commitments
October 9, 2020: October 8th video discussion on WTO Director-General selection process following the announcement of two finalists
October 8, 2020: Informal Heads of Delegation meeting at WTO confirms Nigerian and Korean candidates advance to third (final) round of consultations in selection of next Director-General
October 7, 2020: Nigerian and Korean candidates advance to final round of consultations to become next WTO Director-General
October 6, 2020: Selection of WTO Director-General – second round of consultations ends today, October 6
October 4, 2020: Press article indicates EU members will likely support Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee on Monday in second round of consultations for next WTO Director-General [Updated October 5, 2020]
October 1, 2020: Thoughts on the Geneva Trade Week session entitled “WTO Dispute Settlement – Where Do We Stand?”
September 29, 2020: An environmental read on the five candidates for the WTO Director-General slot
September 27, 2020: In last two weeks global COVID-19 cases increased by more than 4.1 million as virus continues to spin out of control
September 27, 2020: Korean trade minister travels to Europe to push her WTO candidacy; Moldova candidate endorses Kenyan candidate
September 26, 2020: Additional materials on three of the remaining five candidates for WTO Director-General post
September 25, 2020: Video discussion on WTO Director-General selection process
September 24, 2020: WTO Director-General selection – block voting likely to ensure next Director-General is a female
September 22, 2020: G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Communique, 22 September 2020
September 22, 2020: WTO reform – a push by the Secretariat for engagement by the Members; articulation of EU priorities
September 21, 2020: OECD data on services trade and latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer – continued drag of travel and tourism on global trade
September 20, 2020: WTO Director-General selection process – what do results from first round of consultations suggest are key criteria for WTO Members in next Director-General?
September 18, 2020: Trade elements of EC President von der Leyen’s State of the Union address at the European Parliament plenary on 16 September 2020
September 18, 2020: Race for becoming the next Director-General of the WTO – five candidates advance; three are asked to withdraw
September 16, 2020: WTO Chairman of the General Council to Announce Outcome of First Round of Consultations on the Candidates for Director-General this Friday 18 September 2020
September 16, 2020: WTO panel decision in United States – Tariff Measures on Certain Goods from China increases the need for comprehensive WTO reform
September 15, 2020: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s 2020 Goalkeepers Report, COVID-19 A Global Perspective is a reminder of the critical importance of global collaboration
September 13, 2020: COVID-19 cases increase in last two weeks, setting new global record for new cases in fourteen day period
September 12, 2020: U.S.-China Phase I Trade Agreement – How is China Doing to Meet Purchase Commitments for the First Year; a Review of U.S. Domestic Exports through July 2020
September 9, 2020: Making the WTO relevant to businesses and workers – the example of travel and tourism
September 7, 2020: Race for WTO Director-General – additional material on The Rt Hon Dr. Liam Fox MP (United Kingdom)
September 6, 2020: Race for WTO Director-General – additional material on H.E. Mohammad Moziad Al-Tuwaijri (Saudi Arabia)
September 5, 2020: Race for WTO Director-General – additional material on H.E. Amina C. Mohamed (Kenya)
September 5, 2020: WTO Director-General candidates – Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the United Kingdom’s Dr. Liam Fox generate potential controversy
September 4, 2020: Race for WTO Director-General – additional material on H.E. Yoo Myung-hee (Republic of Korea)
September 3, 2020: Race for WTO Director-General – additional material on Amb. Tudor Ulianovschi (Moldova)
September 2, 2020: Race for WTO Director-General – additional material on Mr. Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh (Egypt)
September 1, 2020: Race for WTO Director-General – additional material on Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria)
August 31, 2020: COVID-19 pandemic – loss of work in the first half of 2020 and projections for remainder of the year
August 31, 2020: Race for WTO Director-General – additional material on Dr. Jesus Seade Kuri (Mexico)
August 30, 2020: The global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases passes 25 million with more than 843,000 deaths – increased race to lock-up vaccine supplies
August 29, 2020: WTO Dispute Settlement Body meeting of August 28, 2020 – how disputes are being handled in the absence of reform of the Appellate Body
August 28, 2020: WTO Secretariat Information Note on COVID-19 and agriculture
August 26, 2020: Recent Congressional Research Service report, Global Economic Effects of COVID-19
August 24, 2020: USTR Lighthizer’s Op Ed in the Wall Street Journal – How to Set World Trade Straight
August 23, 2020 [updated August 27]: The race to become the next WTO Director-General – where the candidates stand on important issues: fisheries subsidies and e-commerce/digital trade
August 19, 2020 [updated August 27]: The race to become the next WTO Director-General – where the candidates stand on important issues: convergence vs. coexistence of different economic systems; possible reform of rules to address distortions from such economic systems – Part 2, comments by the candidates
August 17, 2020: The race to become the next WTO Director-General – where the candidates stand on important issues: convergence vs. coexistence of different economic systems; possible reform of rules to address distortions from such economic systems – Part 1, background on issues
August 16, 2020: Is the world at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic? Last two weeks suggest a peaking of the growth of global infections may be at hand
August 15, 2020: Food security and COVID-19 – how World Trade Organization Members could fill a pressing need
August 13, 2020 [updated August 27]: The race to become the next WTO Director-General – where candidates are on important issues: eligibility for special and differential treatment/self selection as a developing country
August 10, 2020 [updated August 27]: The race to become the next WTO Director-General – where candidates are on important issues: reform of the Appellate Body
August 9, 2020: USTR Lighthizer on WTO dispute settlement – answers to Congressional questions from June 17 hearings
August 8, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 trade agreement – review of U.S. domestic exports through June 2020
August 5, 2020: COVID-19 – adverse effects on gender equality and trade’s role in limiting the adverse effects on women
August 4, 2020: U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing on WTO reform: Making Global Rules Work for Global Challenges
August 3, 2020: World Health Organization July 31 meeting of Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease and July 30 note on public health considerations while resuming international travel
August 2, 2020: Review of the COVID-19 pandemic – continued growth in cases and deaths, resurgence in some countries where COVID-19 had receded
July 31, 2020: WTO selection of next Director-General – phase three process; no acting Director-General chosen
July 30, 2020: Selecting an acting Director-General for the World Trade Organization – the road forward
July 29, 2020: Selecting the next WTO Director-General – process for phase three and selection of acting Director-General may be decided on July 31
July 28, 2020: APEC trade ministers’ virtual meeting on July 25 – Declaration on Facilitating the Movement of Essential Goods during COVID-19
July 27, 2020: Pascal Lamy’s recent comments on the challenges facing the WTO
July 25, 2020: A new WTO without China? The July 20, 2020 Les Echos opinion piece by Mogens Peter Carl, a former EC Director General for Trade and then Environment
July 24, 2020: WTO Director-General’s farewell address to the General Council while Members can’t agree on an acting Director-General
July 23, 2020: Trade’s role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals
July 21, 2020: COVID-19 – the United States continues to spin out of control, with increasing shortages of medical goods; sharp increases in developing countries in the Americas and parts of Asia
July 19, 2020: The eight candidates for WTO Director-General meet the General Council – recap of prepared statements and press conferences
July 14, 2020: WTO Director-General selection process – this week candidates meet WTO Members in a General Council Meeting
July 12, 2020: WTO Appellate Body reform – revisiting thoughts on how to address U.S. concerns
July 11, 2020: WTO Director-General selection process – next steps
July 10, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Agreement – limited progress on increased U.S. exports to China (through May)
July 8, 2020: Saudi Arabia nominates Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri as candidate for WTO Director-General
July 8, 2020: United Kingdom press release on Liam Fox’s nomination as candidate for WTO Director-General
July 8, 2020: Liam Fox of the United Kingdom to be nominated by UK for post of WTO Director-General
July 7, 2020: WTO Director-General nominations – Kenya puts forward Amb. Amina C. Mohamed as a candidate
July 7, 2020: Who will be the next WTO Director-General? Nominating period closes in one day
July 5, 2020: COVID-19 – the sharp expansion of new cases will put increased pressure on finding vaccines and therapeutics and complicate global economic recovery
July 2, 2020: WTO Dispute Settlement – how to handle allegations that an Appellate Body member is affiliated with a government and hence not properly an Appellate Body member
July 1, 2020: COVID-19 — EU move to permit some international trade in addition to intra-EU travel, effects on tourism
June 29, 2020: WTO Dispute Settlement – With Appellate Body currently non-operational, AB Secretariat personnel have been shifted to other divisions
June 29, 2020: EC Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan withdraws his name from consideration for WTO Director-General
June 29, 2020: Update on fisheries subsidies draft consolidated text from June 25
June 27, 2020: Chair of Rules Negotiating Group releases draft consolidated fisheries subsidies text at informal meeting on June 25
June 25, 2020: Will the EC Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan be nominated by Ireland for the WTO Director-General position?
June 24, 2020: WTO receives Republic of Korea’s nomination of Minister Yoo Myung-hee for Director-General
June 23, 2020: Republic of Korea to nominate Minister for Trade Yoo Myung-hee as candidate for WTO Director-General post
June 22, 2020: Candidates for the next Director-General of the WTO – four and counting, an update
June 22, 2020: COVID-19 – the global rate of increase of confirmed cases is surging
June 20, 2020: WTO possible actions to facilitate recovery from COVID-19 – the Ottawa Group’s June 16 communication
June 18, 2020: U.S. approach to trade – USTR Lighthizer’s Foreign Affairs article and Congressional testimony on June 17
June 16, 2020: Qatar’s WTO Dispute with Saudi Arabia – Panel Report Released on June 16, 2020
June 16, 2020: WTO Search for a New Director-General — Moldova’s Tudor Ulianovschi is the Fourth Candidate Put Forward
June 13, 2020: Recent World Bank and OECD Forecasts Show Deeper 2020 Economic Contraction, Need for Increased Global Cooperation
June 10, 2020: WTO Appellate Body Reports on Australia’s Plain Packaging of Tobacco Products – Separate Views of One Division Member Merit Close Review
June 9, 2020: WTO Appellate Issues Reports on Australia’s Plain Packaging Requirements on Tobacco Products – Last Reports Until WTO Appellate Body Reform Occurs
June 9, 2020: WTO Director-General Selection Process – 3rd Nomination, Egypt Nominates Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh
June 9, 2020: WTO Director-General Selection Process – 2nd Nomination, Nigeria’s Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Received on June 9
June 8, 2020: Selecting a new WTO Director-General – “the game is afoot”; Mexico’s Jesus Seade Kuri is the first nominee
June 7, 2020: COVID-19 – continued global growth of cases; shift continues to Latin America, parts of Asia and the Middle East
June 5, 2020: U.S.-China Phase I Deal is Failing Expanded U.S. Exports Even Before Recent Efforts by China to Limit Certain U.S. Agriculture Exports as Retaliation for U.S. Position on Hong Kong
June 3, 2020: Digital Services Taxes – New U.S. Section 301 Investigations on Nine Countries and the European Union
May 27, 2020: The future of the WTO — restoring relevance
May 25, 2020: COVID-19 – new hot spots amidst continued growing number of confirmed cases
May 22, 2020: Continued stress in U.S.-China relations — reduced cooperation in multilateral fora
May 19, 2020: WTO selection of a new Director-General – one individual from a developed country previously reviewed could shorten the process
May 17, 2020: G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting – Meaningful Help for COVID-19 Response and WTO Reform?
May 15, 2020: World Trade Organization – Search for a new Director-General
May 12, 2020: U.S.-China Phase I Agreement – some progress on structural changes; far behind on trade in goods and services
May 11, 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic – an update on shifting patterns of infections and implications for medical goods needs
May 7, 2020: COVID-19 – U.S. International Trade Commission report on U.S. imports and tariffs on COVID-19 related goods
May 6, 2020: COVID-19 – the race for diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines and availability for all
May 6, 2020: Update on food security amidst COVID-19 pandemic
May 3, 2020: Update on the collapse of travel and tourism in response to COVID-19
May 1, 2020: Food security – how will COVID-19 infections at meat processing plants affect?
April 30, 2020: The collapse of tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic
April 28, 2020: Shifting Trade Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 26, 2020: Oil and gas sector suffers declining demand, collapsing prices, expanded state involvement – skewed economic results damage much of the global economy
April 23, 2020: Food Security Complications from COVID-19 – Recent UN Information and G20 and WTO Member Statements
April 20, 2020: WTO dispute settlement in 2020 – forward movement or further crisis?
April 17, 2020: COVID-19 – G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors April 15, 2020 Communique and G20 Action Plan
April 15, 2020: Transparency on trade actions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic
April 13, 2020: COVID-19 – OECD first policy brief on trade issues related to the pandemic
April 10, 2020: WTO and the challenges of scarcity – are there lessons from COVID-19?
April 6, 2020: COVID-19 – WTO report on medical goods; FAO report on food security
April 2, 2020: COVID-19, Recommendations from the ICC and from Global Services Coalition
April 1, 2020: Food security – export restraints and border controls during the COVID-19 pandemic
March 31, 2020: COVID-19 and the G20 Response
March 28, 2020: March 27, 2020 Agreement on Interim Arbitration Process by EU and 15 other WTO Members to Handle Appeals While Appellate Body is Not Operational
March 26, 2020: Export restraints vs. trade liberalization during a global pandemic – the reality so far with COVID-19
March 22, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and trade, how bad will declines get?
March 18, 2020: Trade liberalization with Africa – notice of intent from US to start negotiations with Kenya
March 14, 2020: China in the WTO – The U.S. View of China’s Compliance With Its Obligations
March 7, 2020: Impasse on the WTO Appellate Body – Any Progress Likely by the 12th Ministerial?
March 7, 2020: WTO Reform – U.S. Objectives from 2020 Trade Policy Agenda
February 28, 2020: Agriculture Reform and Liberalization – What is Likely for the WTO’s 12th Ministerial this June?
February 23, 2020: Potential U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement – Potential Upside issues for the United States
February 22, 2020: Trade between the United States and the European Union – What Will 2020 Bring?
February 22, 2020: WTO Reform – Addressing The Disconnect Between Market and Non-Market Economies
February 15, 2020: The U.S. Modifies the List of Developing and Least Developed Countries Under U.S. Countervailing Duty Law
February 14, 2020: USTR’s Report on the WTO Appellate Body – An Impressive Critique of the Appellate Body’s Deviation from Its Proper Role
February 10, 2020: U.S. modifies its regulations to provide path for countervailing undervalued currencies in certain circumstances
February 6, 2020: Counterfeit and Contraband Goods – Issuance of A Presidential Executive Order on January 31, 2020
January 30, 2020: Brexit takes place at 11 p.m. London time on January 31, 2020
January 30, 2020: WTO Appellate Body Impasse – How and Why
January 28, 2020: U.S. Additional Tariffs on Imports of Steel and Aluminum “Derivative” Products – Presidential Proclamation 9980
January 25, 2020: WTO Dispute Settlement – January 24, 2020 Statement by Ministers at Davos, Switzerland on Interim Appeal Arrangement Amongst Certain Major Countries
January 23, 2020: WTO Reform – Developments from Davos and What Might Be on U.S. Agenda
January 19, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 Agreement – Details on the Expanding Trade Chapter
January 15, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Agreement Signed on January 15 – An Impressive Agreement if Enforced
January 14, 2020: WTO Reform – Joint Statement of January 14, 2020 of Japan, the U.S. and the EU
January 13, 2020: Fisheries Subsidies – Will the WTO Members Reach Agreement Before June 2020?
January 6, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 Agreement – What to Look for When the Agreement is Released on January 15, 2020 after the signing
January 4, 2020: Presidential Proclamation 9974 of December 26, 2019 – contains changes to countries eligible for aspects of Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, implements U.S. duty reduction commitments from U.S.-Japan trade agreement and other matters
January 2, 2020: U.S.-China Phase 1 Agreement; Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Agriculture
December 28, 2019: WTO Reform – Will Limits on Who Enjoys Special and Differential Treatment Be Achieved?
December 19, 2019: European Union Moves to Authorize Retaliation in Disputes Where There is No Alternative to the Appellate Body Pursued
December 10, 2019: Revisions to the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement Gains Support of Labor and House Democrats
December 10, 2019: U.S.-Japan Trade Agreements to Go Into Effect on January 1, 2020
December 7, 2019: The WTO Dispute Settlement System – Closing Out 2019 and Implications for 2020
December 2, 2019: Additional Meetings of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body and Budget, Finance and Administration Committee set for December 3 and 5 in search of Resolution of Outstanding Issues.
November 30, 2019: The WTO Budget – Will There Be a Resolution in December?
November 24, 2019: With the WTO Appellate Body Becoming Dysfunctional on December 11, What Happens to Pending Appeals and Other Open Issues?
November 17, 2019: The WTO budget and the Appellate Body – Potential Fireworks at the end of 2019
November 16, 2019: USMCA – A Return to Bipartisan Trade Legislation?
November 12, 2019: The Continued Problem of Inconsistent Transparency at the World Trade Organization
November 12, 2019: Background Materials on WTO Appellate Body Reform Challenges – The Critical Issue of “Overreach”
November 9, 2019: The U.S. Trade Deficit – Data for First Thirty-Three Months of the Trump Administration (2017-Sept. 2019)
November 4, 2019: WTO’s Appellate Body Reform – The Draft General Council Decision on Functioning of the Appellate Body
November 1, 2019: The October 28, 2019 WTO Dispute Settlement Body Meeting – Another Systemic Problem Flagged by the United States
October 26, 2019: Two Initial U.S. Trade Agreements with Japan – What They Cover and What Will Follow
October 13, 2019: U.S.-China Trade – Some Possible Progress Announced on October 11, But a Long Road Ahead?
October 9, 2019: The World Trade Organization in Crisis – the Last Two Months of the Appellate Body Absent Reform Is Just One Example