Facilitation 2.0: Services and Trade in the Digital Age

October 1, 2018

Although services facilitation is recent topic of discussion at the World Trade Organization, it is not novel in the context of regional trade agreements (RTAs), where provisions on increased trans... READ MORE


Facilitation 2.0: E-Commerce and Trade in the Digital Age

September 27, 2018

With a growing number of transactions available on the internet, the interconnection between regulatory issues creates unprecedented complexities for both transaction subjects and policymakers. Thr... READ MORE


International Investment Obligations and Industrial Policy: Evolution in Treaty Practice

September 26, 2018

As industrial policies become more widespread and controversial, the relationship between international investment agreements (IIAs) and industrial policy measures has taken on particular importanc... READ MORE


Facilitation 2.0: Investment and Trade in the Digital Age

September 25, 2018

In recent years, investment facilitation has taken an important place in the investment policy debate. This paper provides an overview on how investment facilitation is currently considered in inte... READ MORE


Designing Common but Differentiated Rules for Regional Trade Disputes

May 8, 2018

In the twenty-first century, World Trade Organization (WTO) members have put great energy and creativity in liberalising trade through regional trade agreements (RTAs), even as trade liberalisation... READ MORE


The WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism: A Trade Court for the World

May 1, 2018

This paper examines the reasons behind the underutilisation of dispute settlement mechanisms in regional trade agreements (RTAs). It suggests that countries could use the World Trade Organization d... READ MORE


Reforming Dispute Settlement in Trade: The Contribution of Mega-Regionals

April 26, 2018

Dispute settlement rules and procedures are an important component of so-called mega-regional trade agreements. Reacting to recurrent criticism of the legitimacy of dispute settlement in internatio... READ MORE


Regional Trade Agreement Dispute Settlement Mechanisms: Modes, Challenges and Options for Effective Dispute Resolution

April 19, 2018

The importance of regional trade agreements (RTAs) and their dispute settlement mechanisms (DSMs) will likely continue to grow considering the dynamics of the multilateral trade negotiations and th... READ MORE


African Integration: Facing up to Emerging Challenges

December 20, 2016

This paper examines the key elements bearing upon regional integration in Africa. It argues that integration should be conceived as a a means to respond to the development aspirations of societies... READ MORE


Regional Integration and High Potential Value Chains in West Africa

December 20, 2016

This paper aims to provide an understanding of West Africa’s potential for participation in GVCs. Upgrading strategies require identifying value chains in which West Africa has existing capab... READ MORE


Environment in the Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Legal Analysis

December 13, 2016

The objective of this paper is to provide policymakers in the fields of trade and sustainable development with a brief overview of the main elements and potential implications of the environmental... READ MORE


Comparing Safeguard Measures in Recent Regional and Bilateral Trade Agreements

November 17, 2016

As negotiators pursue talks on a workable agricultural safeguard mechanism at the World Trade Organization, it is critical that they have access to up-to-date and reliable information on the extent... READ MORE


Trade Policies and Sustainable Development in the Context of Global Value Chains

September 20, 2016

Global value chains (GVCs) have become a major feature of the 21st century economy. This paper argues that the expansion and increased sophistication of GVCs has created a new “trade-investme... READ MORE


Addressing Barriers to Digital Trade

December 1, 2015

This paper addresses the question of whether it is possible to balance the need for a free flow of information across borders with legitimate government concerns related to public order, consumer p... READ MORE


Rethinking International Intellectual Property Law

November 27, 2015

The establishment of the WTO Agreement on TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) and the proliferation of plurilateral, bilateral and regional agreements have significantly c... READ MORE


The Future of the Global Trade and Investment Architecture

November 19, 2015

The global trade and investment architecture (GTIA) plays a critical role in shaping the organisation and structure of international commerce – from production and distribution to consumption... READ MORE


US Efforts to Ensure that Regulation Does Not Present Trade Barriers

November 5, 2015

Making domestic regulation more coherent and expanding cooperation between regulators has the promise of lowering the unnecessary costs of regulation for companies and consumers and thus translatin... READ MORE


Competition Policy within the Context of Free Trade Agreements

September 23, 2015

This think-piece reports the findings of a mapping exercise of the competition-related provisions of 216 free trade agreements (FTAs) included in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Regional... READ MORE


TISA Talks Making Strong Progress, Officials Say

May 1, 2014

Participants of the plurilateral talks on liberalising services trade continue to make good progress, officials involved in the process confirmed yesterday, just a year after formal negotiations ki... READ MORE


Global Value Chains: The New Reality of International Trade

December 2, 2013

Global value chains have brought about important changes for the world trading system, not just in the structure and composition of trade but also in their implications for the role of the WTO. The... READ MORE


A Decade in the WTO: Implications for China and Global Trade Governance

December 16, 2011

China's 10 years of membership in the WTO has taken place against a backdrop of dynamic change in the world economy. Indeed, China's participation in the WTO and the implications of its mem... READ MORE