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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: 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 […]

Australia: WTO Appellate Body Rejects Appeal Regarding Plain Packaging of Tobacco

(June 18, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body issued its reports on cases brought by Honduras and the Dominican Republic against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging requirements. (Australia — Certain Measures Concerning Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Other Plain Packaging Requirements Applicable to Tobacco Products and Packaging (DS435 and DS441).) The […]

International: Negotiations Underway at WTO for Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies

(Dec. 6, 2019) On November 15, 2019, members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held discussions on the difficulties they have encountered in curbing harmful fisheries subsidies through international trade negotiations, as well as on the potential ways such negotiations might be successful in the future. Underpinning this work, the WTO negotiating group has endorsed […]

Macao/WTO: Ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement

(Apr. 18, 2016) On April 11, 2016, Macao, China deposited with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat its instrument of acceptance of the new WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), becoming the 72nd WTO Member State to ratify the Agreement.  The TFA will enter into force upon ratification by two-thirds of the WTO Member States, or […]

Seychelles; World Trade Organization: WTO Membership Accepted

(May 5, 2015) On April 26, 2015, Seychelles was officially accepted as the 161st member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). (WTO Welcomes Seychelles as Its 161st Member, WTO website (Apr. 27, 2015).) The process, which took 20 years, is one of the longest accession procedures in WTO history; the average time for completion of […]

European Union; China; World Trade Organization: EU Deems Anti-Dumping Duties on Steel imports from China Discriminatory

(Sept. 13, 2013) On August 16, 2013, the European Union (EU) requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva decide on a dispute between the EU and China arising from anti-dumping duties imposed by China on imports of high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes (HP-SSST) from the EU. The tubes are used mainly in super […]

Brazil; World Trade Organization: New WTO General Director Is a Brazilian Diplomat

(May 8, 2013) For the first time, a Latin-American citizen will lead the World Trade Organization (WTO). Roberto Azevêdo, a Brazilian diplomat, was selected to be the Director-General of the WTO for the next four years. Azevêdo defeated former Mexican Trade Minister Herminio Blanco in the final round of the selection process to determine who […]

World Trade Organization: Accession for Least Developed Countries Being Streamlined

(July 17, 2012) On July 6, 2012, Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) validated a decision of the Sub-Committee on Least Developed Countries to streamline and facilitate the WTO accession process for least developed countries (LDCs). According to a WTO statement about this recent action, to date 32 of the 48 LDCs listed by […]

World Trade Organization: Appellate Body Issues Annual Report

(June 15, 2012) On June 13, 2012, the Appellate Body (AB) of the World Trade Organization issued its Annual Report for 2011. (Appellate Body Issues Annual Report for 2011, WT/AB/17 (June 13, 2012), WTO website.) The AB, which is located in Geneva, Switzerland, was established in 1995 under Article 17 of the Understanding on Rules […]