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European Union: Commission Amends Authorization Mechanism for Exports of COVID-19 Vaccines

(Apr. 1, 2021) On March 26, 2021, the European Commission’s Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/521, which amends the authorization mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines adopted on January 30, 2021, entered into force. The regulation adds the principles of reciprocity and proportionality as new criteria to be considered when a European Union (EU) member state authorizes […]

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 […]

China: Government Releases Provisions on Unreliable Entity List Regime

(Oct. 9, 2020) On September 19, 2020, upon approval of the State Council, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released the Provisions on the Unreliable Entity List (English translation prepared by MOFCOM). The Provisions establish the framework of an “unreliable entity list” (UEL) regime, under which punitive measures may be imposed on designated foreign entities, including […]

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 […]

Mexico: Government Announces Legal Position on US Helms-Burton Law

(May 22, 2019) On May 8, 2019, the Mexican government announced it is considering taking measures to address the possibility of lawsuits filed in the US against Mexican companies trafficking in property confiscated by the Cuban government. (Press Release, Department of Foreign Relations, Posicionamiento del Gobierno de México sobre la entrada en vigor del Título […]

United Nations/North Korea: Additional Sanctions Adopted

(June 7, 2017) On June 2, 2017, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2356 (2017), sponsored by the United States, “to extend the number of individuals and entities targeted by sanctions first imposed under resolution 1718 (2006) — an asset freeze and travel ban for those involved in the Democratic People’s Republic of […]

Court of Justice of the European Union: Recognition of Treaty Negotiations as a Legal Act, Validation of Initiative to Stop TTIP

(May 31, 2017) On May 10, 2017, the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which, inter alia, deals with actions for annulment of European Commission decisions brought by individuals, businesses, or governments of the EU Member States, reviewed the case M. Efler and Others v. the European Commission.  The […]

Netherlands: Ban on Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

(Apr. 1, 2016) On March 15, 2016, the Dutch Parliament adopted a motion urging the government to ban weapons exports to Saudi Arabia. The motion was based in part on Saudi Arabia’s violations of international humanitarian law in Yemen, including those described in the January 22, 2016, report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen.  […]