WTO crisis and reform

David Walker
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EU and Canada establish bilateral appellate ‘body’ within the WTO

“Canada and the EU are proud to have demonstrated leadership in the creation of this interim arrangement”, reads a joint statement by Ottawa and Brussels released today (25 July). Will this be the first in a further series of ad hoc bilateral arrangements World Trade Organization members will establish to …

It is scarcely a secret that the WTO is facing some serious problems at present
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‘Going WTO’: What will be the UK’s experience as an autonomous World Trade Organization member?

The United Kingdom is putting a lot of faith in its membership of one multinational organisation — the World Trade Organization — as a way of mitigating some of the problems associated with its imminent departure from another (the European Union). But might that faith be misplaced?

Week Ahead in EU Trade: China, trading system, G20 and the WTO
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Week Ahead in EU Trade: China, trading system, G20 and the WTO

This week EU and Chinese negotiators are meeting for a 21st round of talks on the EU-China investment agreement. The two sides have brought discussions forward on market access (national treatment), investment protection and sustainable development. Beijing and Brussels vowed to accelerate their investment negotiations last March – let’s see …

Long read – Self reliance: the emerging EU trade policy trend in a hostile world
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Long read – Self reliance: the emerging EU trade policy trend in a hostile world

The European Commission no longer seems to trust global norms, fora or rule-making negotiations to uphold its interests in digital, competition, industry and trade policy. In fact many norms hardly exist and won’t likely emerge so quickly. The EU’s executive arm has been rethinking its policy toolkit and is seeking …

Beyond Brussels: Appellate Body members rebuff Walker process reform proposals
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Beyond Brussels: Appellate Body members rebuff Walker process reform proposals

A new fault line is emerging in the crisis of the World Trade Organizations’ dispute settlement system. The European Union, which tabled proposals aimed at strengthening the Appellate Body’s independence – and won over China and India over to its ideas last year – is now facing a coalition of …