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FAC Trade roundup – Appellate Body, China, responsible business conduct

It was a low-key gathering of trade ministers in chilly Brussels today. A good moment to gauge the ‘temperature’ on all things trade amongst EU governments. Today should have been the inaugural ministerial gathering for Phil Hogan, the nominated successor to Cecilia Malmström, who led the EU trade portfolio during …

Beyond Brussels: China tables revised government procurement offer in WTO
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Beyond Brussels: China tables revised government procurement offer in WTO

The stink the United States and other advanced countries have been putting up in recent months at the World Trade Organization appears to be achieving some results. China and other countries have started listening. The behaviour and status of developing countries in the global trading system, industrial subsidies and state …

Facilitator sends reform package for WTO appeal mechanism to members for decision
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Facilitator sends reform package for WTO appeal mechanism to members for decision

The General Council of the World Trade Organization had an extensive discussion of reform proposals for the institutions’ Appellate Body put together by David Walker, New Zealand’s envoy to the institution in Geneva. The ball is now in the camp of the members to take further decisions in the coming …

Appellate Body crisis: Chronicle of death foretold meets anger, indifference
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Appellate Body crisis: Chronicle of death foretold meets anger, indifference

The impending disappearance of the appeals mechanism for resolving disputes is rattling the World Trade Organization community as some WTO members are now focusing on alternative mechanisms to enable appeals in trade disputes. But perhaps more disturbingly: Are the majority of WTO members in fact quite indifferent to the fate …

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EU and Canada establish bilateral appellate ‘body’ within the WTO

“Canada and the EU are proud to have demonstrated leadership in the creation of this interim arrangement”, reads a joint statement by Ottawa and Brussels released today (25 July). Will this be the first in a further series of ad hoc bilateral arrangements World Trade Organization members will establish to …

It is scarcely a secret that the WTO is facing some serious problems at present
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‘Going WTO’: What will be the UK’s experience as an autonomous World Trade Organization member?

The United Kingdom is putting a lot of faith in its membership of one multinational organisation — the World Trade Organization — as a way of mitigating some of the problems associated with its imminent departure from another (the European Union). But might that faith be misplaced?