17 results about RTA EXCHANGE


Services facilitation in regional trade agreements and opportunities for convergence

October 9, 2018

Services facilitation refers to the simplification, modernisation, and harmonisation of services regulations with a view to reducing transaction costs. It is a key component of the Facilitation... READ MORE


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


Industrial policy measures and sustainability in international investment agreements

September 21, 2018

States now face two competing – and strengthening – influences with respect to industrial policy: heightened scrutiny of industrial policy measures and heightened expectations for a... READ MORE


Practical ideas for aiding regional trade dispute settlement now

September 13, 2018

Effective dispute settlement raises the value of trade agreements and the return on governments’ investment in trade agreement negotiations.

Three practical ideas coul... READ MORE


From Facilitation 2.0 to trade policy 3.0: Opportunities to expand and extend the rules of global trade

June 11, 2018

Continued expansion of the multilateral agenda through the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement and beyond, or Facilitation 2.0, represents a coherent basis for extendi... READ MORE


Seeking the best forum for regional trade agreement disputes

May 15, 2018

Many proposals have been put forward to address the problematic nature of dispute settlement mechanisms found in regional trade agreements. This piece discusses two of them: using dispute settl... 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


Addressing interstate dispute settlement concerns in mega-regional agreements

May 4, 2018

The stalemate in WTO Appellate Body appointments may help bring to life dispute settlement in “mega-regional” trade agreements, such as the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Ag... 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


Options for future proofing regional trade agreement dispute settlement mechanisms

April 26, 2018

After decades of experience in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization, trading nations have become accustomed to orderly and predicable mechanisms for r... 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


Facilitation 2.0: Enabling trade in the digital age

April 20, 2018

The expansion of the trade facilitation agenda, expressed as Facilitation 2.0, is critical in a time of global industrial and societal reorganisation, of which the digitisation of economic acti... READ MORE


Fixing NAFTA’s institutional deficit

March 7, 2018

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provides a path for institutional innovation. This post argues that the institutions that were created by NAFTA have either... READ MORE


Bridging distance for development: Elaborating a shared vision for MSMEs in the WTO

February 15, 2018

Internet-enabled commerce has the potential to reduce inequalities between and within countries, offering a tool for achieving the United Nations’ 10th Sustainable Development Goal.&... READ MORE