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Qatar vs Saudi Arabia: TRIPS criminal enforcement trumps national security exceptions
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Qatar vs Saudi Arabia: TRIPS criminal enforcement trumps national security exceptions

For those interested in the issue of whether invoking national security lets WTO members get away with  not complying with the multilateral trade rule-book, the institution’s second panel report on this issue released today in Geneva might give you some guidance: national security is not a free-for-all. A first report …

EU healthcare aims for WTO elicit no enthusiasm at Ottawa Group
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EU healthcare aims for WTO elicit no enthusiasm at Ottawa Group

The European Union tabled a “concept paper” on health to a group of like-minded World Trade Organization members called the Ottawa Group. The EU aims to avoid medical supply shortages as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in similar situations in future. But it didn’t get the traction it had hoped …

Week in Brussels + Geneva: MPIA, cigarettes, carbon border tax, Chile
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Week in Brussels + Geneva: MPIA, cigarettes, carbon border tax, Chile

Australia’s plain packaging rules okayed by Appellate Body A brief note on the fact that the Appellate Body, as expected, upheld a panel ruling that confirmed Australia’s right to impose plain packaging – i.e. remove branding – on cigarette packs. This week’s ruling will have systemic implications also for food …

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WTO, US, health and trade at ministers’ table in Brussels

European Union trade ministers approached the issue of who they will support as the next World Trade Organization’s director-general with great prudence. The second ‘FAC Trade’ of the year held online today was an opportunity for EU capitals and the Commission to touch base on the bundle of recent WTO issues …

Week in Brussels: Hogan on Azevêdo, G20, Turkish steel, Com sues Finland and UK on BITs
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Week in Brussels: Hogan on Azevêdo, G20, Turkish steel, Com sues Finland and UK on BITs

It’s been quite a week, with the World Trade Organization’s chief resigning on Thursday, adding another twist to the ongoing drama in the world trading system. But other news have been drowned in the process. A selection below. Hogan wants to move fast to replace WTO’s Azevêdo The European Union’s …