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Week in Brussels: G20 and EU statements, alternative WTO appeals, palm oil
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Week in Brussels: G20 and EU statements, alternative WTO appeals, palm oil

This week was ‘virtual summit’ week, with a focus on the global coronavirus pandemic and its dramatic economic fallout. G20 leaders gathered virtually on Thursday and European Union heads of government had very long meeting online last night that almost failed. But capitals still managed a joint statement. There were …

What you need to know: A potential US exit from the Government Procurement Agreement
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What you need to know: A potential US exit from the Government Procurement Agreement

The WTO’s General Council meets this week. It will hear US gripes about the world trade body and receive proposals to improve it. One of the ‘solutions’ Washington has envisaged for itself is to withdraw from the institution’s Government Procurement Agreement. What would this mean in practice?

An EU dimension in rumoured US government procurement withdrawal plans?
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An EU dimension in rumoured US government procurement withdrawal plans?

Trade sniping out of Washington just doesn’t seem to be ending. Bloomberg reported yesterday that the White House was mulling pulling out of the Government Procurement Agreement, a preferential accord among a subset of mostly rich-country members of the World Trade Organization. China and Russia are in the process of …

Life after the WTO Appellate Body: the case for more flexible dispute handling
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Life after the WTO Appellate Body: the case for more flexible dispute handling

The Appellate Body is dead – long live the WTO! In this column, Wolfgang Weiss discusses alternative ways to uphold compliance with World Trade Organization rules in spite of the current Appellate Body impasse. Weiss argues that the current crisis might alter the way panels apply WTO law.