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Simon Lester
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Following up on my last post, here are two more good exchanges between members of the House Ways and Means committee and U.S. Trade Rep. Katherine Tai on vaccine production/TRIPS waiver: Congressman Wenstrup: ... So I'm concerned about the intellectual... Continue reading
At yesterday's House Ways and Means committee hearing on the Biden administration's trade policy agenda, Congressman Nunes and U.S. Trade Rep. Katherine Tai had the following exchange on the TRIPS waiver and vaccine production: Congressman Nunes: .. I want to... Continue reading
Here are two questions/answers related to China's place in the global trading system and how the United States should deal with China, from today's House Ways and Means committee hearing on the Biden administration's trade agenda: Chairman Neal: Ambassador, when... Continue reading
At today's House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Biden administration's trade policy agenda, Congressman Schweikert and U.S. Trade Rep. Katherine Tai had the following exchange on WTO dispute settlement: Congressman Schweikert: I owe you a thank you for... Continue reading
U.S. Trade Rep. Katherine Tai testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee today on the Biden administration's trade agenda. She was asked about the USMCA rapid response labor cases I noted in my previous post: Senator Brown: Let me... Continue reading
On Monday, the AFL-CIO and some other groups announced the filing of a petition under the USMCA rapid response labor mechanism (for background on this procedure, see Kathleen's post here). Now today, USTR announced that it has initiated a request... Continue reading
After almost two days of intense discussion on Twitter and elsewhere, here's where I am now on the issue of vaccine production and the TRIPS waiver. The most important point here is whether additional factories around the world could produce... Continue reading
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From the SIEL: SIEL May Conversation The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) is pleased to invite you to its May Conversation entitled ‘Book Launch: Sondra Faccio, Indirect Expropriation in International Investment Law. Between State Regulatory Powers and Investor Protection... Continue reading
This is a guest post by Victor Crochet of Van Bael & Bellis The European Commission puts forth its legislative proposal to tackle “foreign subsidies” in the European Union. The text of the proposal can be found here. There has... Continue reading
Event Details Date & Time: May 27, 2021 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location Virtual Event Contact Information: Jennifer Karnakis jkarnakis@suffolk.edu Registration: Register now Event Description Please join us for a virtual webinar celebrating the launch of “The Protection of... Continue reading
You may have heard about the "drop in audio" craze going on right now. The Clubhouse app was the first, and Twitter got in on the action with Spaces. The basic idea is that it's sort of like a call-in... Continue reading
This is from PluriCourts: PluriCourts issues this call for abstracts on the topic of “International Courts versus Compliance Mechanisms: Comparative advantages of non-compliance mechanisms and complaint procedures.” In this project, we ask: Whether and why in some circumstances the use... Continue reading
The always insightful Alan Wolff was talking about The Future of the WTO at the Peterson Institute today. The whole thing is worth a listen, but I wanted to highlight his response to my question on the Appellate Body crisis... Continue reading
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai testified today at a Senate hearing on "Funding Priorities of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative." In this context, she answered some substantive trade policy questions. Here are a few of her responses: China... Continue reading
Over the last four years, U.S. trade policy has kept me so busy that I've missed some important developments around the world, such as the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area. I see from my friend Petina Gappah... Continue reading
From City Law School in London (Thursday, 29 April 2021, 17:00 – 18:30, register here): The EU’s proposed EU-US Joint Agenda for Global Change includes a Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council, proposing a loose institutionalisation of key global challenges currently... Continue reading
Simon Lester has shared their blog International Economic Law and Policy Blog
Apr 26, 2021
We are sad to report that Miguel Rodríguez Mendoza has passed away. Jorge Castro of the WTO prepared the following note of remembrance: Miguel Rodríguez Mendoza (Cumaná, Venezuela, 28 March 1948 – Geneva, Switzerland, 25 April 2021) Miguel Rodríguez had... Continue reading
Over the past few days, we have had some new announcements about staffing at USTR, and the Biden administration trade policy team is almost complete now. There are still the important Deputy USTR in Geneva and Chief Agriculture Negotiator positions... Continue reading
This is a response from Tim Meyer to my post on his new article Many thanks to Simon for his thoughtful take on my new article, A Political Theory of Legal Exceptions, as well as the opportunity to respond. Simon... Continue reading
Simon Lester has shared their blog International Economic Law and Policy Blog
Apr 19, 2021
My friend Tim Meyer has a new paper entitled "A Political Theory of Legal Exceptions." Back before the pandemic, Tim and I and a few others submitted a proposal for a SIEL 2020 panel entitled "Making Space for Public Policy... Continue reading
This is from remarks by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai yesterday at a WTO virtual conference on COVID-19 vaccine equity: We hope to hear more today about how the market once again has failed in meeting the health needs of... Continue reading
This is from remarks by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai today on issues related to trade and the environment: Even as investors take a greater interest in companies’ environmental risk exposure, the multilateral trading system has no rules to address... Continue reading
I did a series of posts recently on digital trade issues, and I have now consolidated them all into a short Cato paper. Here's the intro: National debates over policies that affect the flow of digital information are heating up... Continue reading