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International: ILO Report on World Employment Trends Highlights Importance of International Labor Standards to Protect Workers’ Rights

(June 10, 2021) On June 2, 2021, the International Labour Organization (ILO) published the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021 report (WESO Trends report), which highlights the importance of international labor standards to protect workers’ rights. In particular, the WESO Trends report focuses on the disparate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on workers, […]

International: First Labor Complaints Filed through United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Rapid Response Labor Mechanism

(June 3, 2021) On May 10, 2021, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrialized Organizations (AFL-CIO) and other groups announced that they had filed the first labor complaint under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism, alleging that workers at the Tridonex auto parts factory in Matamoros, Mexico, are being […]

International: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Welcomes Costa Rica as 38th Member

(June 2, 2021) On May 25, 2021, Costa Rica completed the accession process to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as its newest member. As the U.S. Secretary of State noted in his welcoming statement, the completion of the accession process is especially remarkable in the challenging context posed by the COVID-19 […]

International: Ten Protected Sites Added to International Union for Conservation of Nature “Green List”

(May 7, 2021) The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has added 10 additional protected areas to its “Green List”—a growing list of nearly 60 sites that meet IUCN’s 17 globally applicable standards for protected areas, which focus on good governance, planning, management, and preservation of nature. The standards are developed and monitored by […]

International: International Chamber of Commerce Highlights Proliferation and Fragmentation of Global Antitrust Enforcement Regimes

(Apr. 28, 2021) The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) recently published its inaugural edition of the ICC Compendium of Antitrust Damages Actions (the ICC Compendium), which surveys and analyzes rules allowing private actors to enforce competition law across more than 40 jurisdictions. The ICC found that the patchwork legal approach to alleged antitrust abuses globally […]

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, […]