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International: WTO Considers Waiving Certain Intellectual Property Protections for the Prevention, Containment, and Treatment of COVID-19

(Mar. 24, 2021) At a meeting on March 10-11, 2021, the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Council (TRIPS Council) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) continued its consideration of a waiver from the implementation, application, and enforcement of several sections of the TRIPS Agreement in relation to the prevention, containment, and treatment of COVID-19. […]

International: Former Child Workers Sue Chocolate Companies Alleging Forced Labor in Cocoa Supply Chains

(Mar. 4, 2021) On February 12, 2021, the Washington, D.C.-based nongovernmental organization International Rights Advocates (IRAdvocates) filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of eight former child workers who allege they were trafficked from Mali and forced to harvest cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire beginning in 2011. The lawsuit accuses several multinational chocolate producers of […]

International: International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Confirms Sovereignty of Mauritius over Chagos Archipelago

(Feb. 23, 2021) On January 28, 2021, in its Judgment on Preliminary Objections in the Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Mauritius and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) rejected the Maldives’ challenges to the Tribunal’s jurisdiction. The judgment was rendered by the […]

International: New ICSID Caseload Statistics Reveal Trends in Arbitral Appointments and Case Distribution

(Feb. 22, 2021) On January 28, 2021, the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) published its caseload statistics for the first six months of 2020 (FY2020). Some had predicted that disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic would have a significant impact on the number and type of investment disputes brought to ICSID […]

International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region

(Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]

International: New App Developed to Combat Illegal Fishing in West Africa

(Dec. 1, 2020) Illegal fishing in West Africa has been a longstanding challenge in the region, threatening livelihoods, nutritional security, and export revenues, while also causing damage to marine environments and contributing to increased pollution. Now a new app, developed by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and launched on November 10, 2020, can be used […]

International: Suspect in 1994 Rwandan Genocide Transferred to International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague

(Nov. 16, 2020) On May 16, 2020, Félicien Kabuga, an 84-year-old Hutu businessman accused of financing the militias that carried out the massacres in Rwanda in 1994 and of founding and funding the Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM), which actively encouraged people to search out and kill anyone who was from the Tutsi […]

International: World Trade Organization Addresses Trade Disputes between Major Trading Powers, Future of Global Trade Governance

(Oct. 19, 2020) In September 2020, at the World Knowledge Forum, an event aimed at “highlighting the importance of knowledge sharing towards a balanced prosperity of the global economy,” Deputy Director-General (DDG) Alan Wolff of the World Trade Organization (WTO) addressed the topics of trade disputes between major trading powers and the future of global […]

United Nations: UN Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation Enters into Force

(Oct. 13, 2020) Last month the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (the Singapore Convention on Mediation) entered into force. The Singapore Convention on Mediation was adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in 2018, but came into force in September 2020, six months after six countries […]