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Perspectives – Is the UK New Zealand trade accord really a groundbreaker?

The United Kingdom and New Zealand can be considered among the countries most open to trade within a strong ruleset, and their recently released free trade agreement text unsurprisingly therefore breaks some new ground. However, with often relatively weak new provisions it isn’t a new model for inclusive trade that …

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Perspectives: Withdrawing MFN from Russia at WTO is right – going further is problematic

The question of whether Russia should continue to benefit from World Trade Organization membership has moved to prominence in recent days. The rules to remove most-favoured nation treatment are clear and should be applied. But we should be cautious of going further as this would risk the WTO’s future without …

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Perspectives – “Mirror clauses”: a new name for an old debate

The French suggestion to introduce “mirror clauses” in trade agreements is horrifying WTO purists but reflects the demands of many pressure groups. While this may be yet another instrument to delay the signature of free trade agreements, the idea of balancing open trade and wider societal considerations is not new …

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Perspectives: The EU’s conflicting trade objectives in the Indo-Pacific region

It is difficult for great trading powers such as the European Union to meaningfully engage with other regions such as the Indo-Pacific, given their increased preference for autonomous measures over trade agreements. There is a need for a broader consideration of EU objectives, and potentially new tools to deliver them.