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Enforcement of FTAs: lessons for TPP and new trade agreements
Asia Free comment Trade defence

Enforcement of FTAs: lessons for TPP and new trade agreements

In its communication on the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) Washington insists on the fact that the agreement is ‘enforceable’. ‘Enforceability’ involves a strong and trusted dispute settlement mechanism. If experience of previous trade agreements is to offer any guidance, enforceability of TPP cannot be taken for granted. The stakes are high for regional …

Interview: Nairobi shows WTO is still a player in trade negotiations
Digital Exclusive Interviews WTO & Plurilaterals

Interview: Nairobi shows WTO is still a player in trade negotiations

The last Nairobi WTO ministerial conference in Nairobi did not reaffirm the original mandate of the 2001 Doha Development Agenda, to the disappointment of some WTO members. It has nonetheless delivered significant results, and shown that the WTO is sill a player in global trade negotiations, argues Stuart Harbinson* in a an exclusive interview with Borderlex’s …

COMMENT – After TPP: don’t expect a US ‘pivot’ to TTIP so soon
EU trade policy Free comment

COMMENT – After TPP: don’t expect a US ‘pivot’ to TTIP so soon

European hopes that the conclusion of the Transpacific Partnership might lead Washington to dedicate more attention to TTIP will soon be dashed. If Europeans want the United States to give priority to TTIP, Brussels and the member states will need to overcome their self-referential politics on the transatlantic deal and make themselves more attractive as partners. Iana …

‘At the border’: trade facilitation is the issue
Free comment Trade Facilitation

‘At the border’: trade facilitation is the issue

In trade policy circles, political attention currently focuses on ‘behind the border’ trade barriers stemming from domestic regulations. In fact, ‘at the border’ trade barriers continue to matter as much. The EU’s recently announced ratification of the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement is a recognition of this fact. Corinne Vadcar …