A country known for being a poster child of free market economics and open trade is questioning its model amidst social disquiet at home and challenging geopolitics abroad. Iana Dreyer shares her insights into the trade policy of a resource-rich South American country with which the EU has upgraded an …
WTO: End of MFN and the fizzling out of international trade justice
A reality check on the World Trade Organization after a week spent in and around Geneva. Warning: it’s a long read.
Analysis – The EU-US Trade and Tech Council as the new ‘friend-shoring’ vehicle
The EU US Trade and Technology Council has somewhat fallen off global headlines amid the war in Ukraine and the related fallout for the global economy, global supply chains and global politics. But despite its structural weaknesses as a forum to deepen economic ties across the Atlantic, it is defying …
Labour, environment in Australia, New Zealand trade talks meet policy sovereignty hurdles
Why the ongoing free trade agreement negotiations between the European Union and Australia and New Zealand are turning to be more difficult than expected. Iana Dreyer and Shana Takoor.
RCEP: What is in it and why Europe should pay attention
The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, alongside the CPTPP, is a powerful counterexample to ongoing global decline in rules-based trade. If these agreements deliver what they promise, its members, including China, will gain more economic and political influence across the world, writes Nikos Lavranos.
Analysis: Even the EU cannot be fully consistent on investment protection in FTAs
The EU’s international investment protection policies are not 100% consistent, Nikos Lavranos concludes after examining the relevant chapters of the bloc’s trade agreements with Vietnam and Singapore and CETA. The perceived inconsistency in existing bilateral investment agreements and the jurisprudence of international arbitral tribunals established under those BITs have been …
Beyond Brussels: WTO complaints against US duties are similar, but not the same
So far, six World Trade Organization members have lodged complaints challenging President Donald Trump’s assertion that tariffs on steel and aluminium are needed to protect US national security. They are broadly similar, but hardly identical, and some of the differences are quite noteworthy. More members have ganged together in …
Blog: EU-Mexico agreement – key elements
The European Commission has released an 18-page document on the EU-Mexico free trade deal that was concluded over the weekend. Here are the distilled contents of the modernisation exercise, with yours truly’s knee-jerk reactions and annotations. Negotiators will work over the coming months on a final pact ready to …
Insight: The end of intra-EU BITs – what next?
So what are the wider implications Tuesday’s Court of Justice of the European Union’s Achmea vs Slovakia ruling? Nikos Lavranos discusses the consequences for the EU’s investment court plans in CETA or at the multilateral level, Energy Charter Treaty arbitration, and the state of the rule of law in the EU.
Technical briefing: EU Commission offers glimpse of ‘hard’ Brexit
Be prepared to run away from Britain, and to run fast. That is, in short, the message the European Commission is sending to non-EU exporters and to UK exporters as part of its ‘Brexit preparedness’ activities with businesses representatives. The commission has been issuing a long list of notices to …