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Resurgence of Protectionism – Can European Member States Really Do Whatever They Want to Foreign Takeovers?

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia recently cited the French initiatives to block the GE-Alstom deal as an example of “worrying signals of protectionist threats” in Europe. France is not, however, to be singled out....more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 173 (International Issue)

In this Issue: - South Korea Adopts Franchisee Protectionist Legislation: In an apparent response to increased competition within certain segments of the restaurant and bakery industries, the Korean National...more

U.S. Government to Investigate India’s Trade and Investment Restrictions

In response to escalating trade and investment restrictions by the Government of India, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and House Committee on Ways and Means have asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to...more

Judge Posner Suggests Some Renewable Portfolio Standards are Unconstitutional

Renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) that favor in-state renewable energy projects may be unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause. That is the recent opinion of Judge Richard Posner, an influential member of the U.S. Court...more

World Trade Organization Rules Against Ontario’s “Buy Local” Program

The Province of Ontario has imposed a requirement that in order to participate in its feed in tariff program (FIT) for solar energy a project much source at least 60% of the solar project content from within the Province....more

REGULATORY: International Trade: Energy Discrimination And International Rules In Hard Times: What’s New This Time Around, And...

International trade and investment in the energy sector takes place in a framework of treaties based on the conviction that all boats rise on the tide of free trade and underpinned by legal obligations, including the...more

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