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  • Talking Disputes | The Russia – Pigs (EU) Dispute (co-organised by ICTSD & WTI Advisors)

    May 19, 2017 - 12:15pm - 2:45pmAt the WTO in Geneva or online: Join experts in a discussion of the recent WTO Appellate Body ruling in the Russia – Pigs (EU) dispute (DS475).
  • Talking Disputes Special: Philip Morris v. Uruguay

    October 27, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pmIn this investment dispute, Philip Morris took issue with Uruguay’s tobacco control measures. In its July 2016 award, the arbitration tribunal rejected the tobacco giant's claims. Join Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, Sabina Sacco, Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, Ben McGrady and Pedro Joffe in this discussion - live or online.
  • Talking Disputes: The Argentina-Financial Services Case (Appellate Body)

    May 25, 2016 - 5:15pm - 7:30pmJoin Daniel Crosby (K&S), Joost Pauwelyn (Graduate Institute), Jacques Sasseville (OECD), John Cooke (TheCityUK) and Hannes Schloemann (WTI Advisors) in discussing the recent WTO Appellate Body report on Argentina – Financial Services (DS453), which addresses some key questions on the regulation of trade in services in general and financial services in particular, including the vexing issue of "likeness" of services and service providers. Panama had challenged eight financial, taxation, foreign exchange & registration measures imposed by Argentina on services and services suppliers from "non-cooperative" countries.
  • The Age of Servicification: Are Goods Services? Are Services Goods? (WTO Public Forum 2015 - co-hosted with the Asia Global Institute)

    October 1, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:30pmAre many goods in fact (mostly) services? Is trade in goods often better understood as trade in services? What follows for trade policy, law and economics? Patrick Low, Emile Anér, Lucian Cernat, Rudolf Adlung, Daniel Crosby and Hannes Schloemann will stimulate a debate with non strings attached.
  • Talking Disputes | The Peru - Agricultural Products Dispute (co-hosted with ICTSD)

    September 29, 2015 - 12:45pm - 3:00pmThis event will discuss the recent WTO Appellate Body report on Peru – Agricultural Products (DS457). In this dispute, Guatemala challenged additional duties imposed by Peru on imports of certain agricultural products through a “Price Range System” (PRS).
  • Talking Disputes No. 12: The US – Tuna II (Mexico) Compliance Dispute (a WTIA & ICTSD Event)

    May 7, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:30pmThis event will introduce the recent WTO panel report on US –Tuna II (Mexico) (DS381) DSU Article 21.5 compliance proceeding. In this dispute, Mexico challenged the amended US “dolphin-safe” labelling measure, which was meant to comply with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in 2012. The case will be introduced by Niall Meagher (Advisory Centre on WTO Law). Discussants will be Arthur Appleton (Appleton Luff International Lawyers) and Victoria Chomo (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). The event will be moderated by Alice Tipping, ICTSD. Registration required.
  • Talking Disputes No. 11: The Peru – Agricultural Products Dispute DS457 (a WTIA & ICTSD Event)

    January 30, 2015 - 12:15pm - 2:30pmThis event will discuss the recent Panel Report in Peru – Agricultural Products. The Panel Report addressed inter alia the systemically-important issue of how the parties' FTA relates to the WTO agreements. This event occurs at a most opportune time as it is anticipated that the Panel Report will be appealed to the WTO's Appellate Body in the coming months. The case will be introduced by Bregt Natens (Centre for Global Governance Studies, Leuven). Discussants will be Joost Pauwelyn (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), Luisa Rodriguez (UNCTAD) and Claudia Hernandez (Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the WTO). The event will be moderated by Christophe Bellman, ICTSD. Registration required.
  • WTI Advisors and ICTSD present Talking Disputes No. 10: The China – Rare Earths Disputes

    October 8, 2014 - 5:30pm - 8:30pmThis event will introduce the recent WTO Appellate Body (AB) decision in China – Rare Earths (DS431, 432, 433), with discussants including Niall Meagher (Advisory Centre on WTO Law), Julia Ya Qin (Wayne State University Law School & Tsinghua University School of Law) and Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (University of Geneva).
  • The LDC Waiver, TISA, Mega-Regionals, Servicification and Global Value Chains - How it All Connects

    July 22, 2014 - 5:30pm
  • The China – Rare Earths Disputes

    April 9, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:30pmA few days ago the - after the China-Raw Materials cases two years ago - hotly anticipated WTO dispute settlement panel reports in China – Rare Earths (DS431, 432, 433) were made public. The panel revisited the issue of the availability of GATT Article XX as a justification for China’s violation of its export duty commitment under Paragraph 11.3 of its Accession Protocol. The panel majority determined that Article XX is not available to justify a breach of China’s “WTO-Plus” obligation. In evaluating China’s "conservation" defence, the panel recognized sustainable development needs and objectives in designing a conservation policy but also stressed the requirement that real restrictions on domestic use of natural resources should work together with the export restrictions and that the burden of conservation between foreign and domestic consumers should be distributed in a balanced manner. The discussants will address legal and economic implications of the panel’s findings. Venue description and dialogue materials are available at www.ictsd.org. Please register by sending your name and affiliation by morning of Tuesday, 8 April 2014, to tradelawprogramme@ictsd.ch.