Could A US-EU Free Trade Deal Harm The WTO?
On 21 November 2013 protesters gathered in central Kiev to demand the resignation of President Yanukovich and his government following his sudden decision not to sign an Association and Free Trade Agreement with the European...more
This autumn, the people of Australia elected a new federal government, presenting a number of potential opportunities for investor-state arbitration in Australia.
First, the new government has reviewed its position...more
On November 15, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order (available here) authorizing Freeport LNG Expansion, LP; FLNG Liquefaction, LLC; FLNG Liquefaction 2, LLC; and FLNG Liquefaction 3, LLC;...more
Businesses looking to fully and effectively compete in the global marketplace need to monitor ever-changing trade rules and incorporate these rules into their strategic business plans. Few, if any, major Canadian businesses...more
In This Issue:
- UCC developments
- Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas
- GSP- GSP+ Country List
- GSP – Temporary Withdrawal
- e-Commerce moratorium
- WTO waiver...more
In This Issue:
- Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Treaties: Opportunities and Challenges for LNG Exports
- Suit Against Chinese Solar Firms Seeks Nearly US$1 Billion in Damages
- Major Energy Bills Get Started in...more
This week sees the EU and US enter the second round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') talks in Brussels, previously postponed due to the US Government shutdown last month. This round of...more
Last week, in a letter sent to the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman, the AARP asked that the U.S. not sign onto the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) if the trade agreement includes a 12-year data...more
Chile and Canada updated their 16-year-old free-trade accord last month, agreeing to changes that will provide financial services companies in the two countries with improved access to each other's markets.
In This Issue:
- All Eyes on the Shanghai Free Trade Zone
- China and Korea Progress to Second Phase of Bilateral FTA Negotiations; Intersection of RCEP and TPP Remains Key Area of Interest
- Excerpt from All...more
In September 2013, the GCC-Singapore Free Trade Agreement came into force, and it has some wondering whether this will mean an influx of oil and gas trade from the Persian Gulf. The agreement is well-timed, as U.S. Secretary...more
In This Issue:
- DOE Announces Fourth Authorization for LNG Exports to Non-FTA Nations. Does This Mean Full Steam Ahead?
- FERC Addresses ISO-NE Capacity Supply Obligations, Walks a Fine Line Between Generator...more
Shortly after the approval for the Plans for the Shanghai Free Trade Pilot Zone (the “Shanghai FTZ”), the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress published the first legislation on the Shanghai FTZ – the...more
Following the announcement in July of an ambitious plan to develop mainland China’s first free trade zone in Shanghai, there have been several recent developments relating to the forming and unveiling of the zone.
On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP ("Cove Point") to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Cove Point LNG Terminal, in...more
The Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy (“DOE”) has issued its fourth order, its third in 2013, authorizing the export of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to nations with which the United States does not have a...more
Next September 1, 2013, Mexico will have a free trade zone with Central America, as the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Guatemala starts effects.
Previously, this FTA started effects for El Salvador (September 1,...more
In a white paper released earlier this month, Professor Brook Baker of the Northeastern University School of Law argues that current trade agreements do not provide data exclusivity for biologics, and therefore, that the...more
Last month, in a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) President and CEO James Greenwood expressed support for the efforts of the Obama Administration to...more
The US is generally pretty keen on international free trade agreements. And why shouldn’t it be? After all, free trade agreements have the ability to open up foreign markets to US goods and services, allowing new and...more
On August 7, 2013, the Energy Department conditionally approved the application of Lake Charles Exports, LLC to export liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement with the United States...more
On August 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE") issued an order authorizing Lake Charles Exports, LLC ("Lake Charles") to export liquefied natural gas ("LNG") from the Trunkline LNG terminal, its affiliate's terminal...more
On August 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) issued an Order Conditionally Granting Long-Term Multi-Contract Authorization to Export Liquefied Natural Gas by Vessel from the Lake Charles...more
Despite the global recession, Mexico is actively seeking out investment from Chinese companies. One of the major investment sectors being targeted is the automotive industry. With this in mind Mexico is participating in the...more
On March 15, 2012, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) entered into force. The KORUS FTA, the United States’ most commercially significant free trade agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement...more
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