Blog Posts: Free Trade

Africa is getting a free trade zone, but when?

African Heads of Government met at the 25th Summit of the African Union and agreed to the creation of the Continental Free Trade Area with a 2017 implementation date, but experts wonder if 2017 is a realistic goal. 
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No Comments | Posted by George H. Ricks on Mon. April 4, 2016 4:00 PM
Categories: Africa, African Union, Free Trade

Canada and EU inch toward massive trade and investment pact

Canada and the European Union are poised to conclude their largest trade agreement ever.
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No Comments | Posted by Amanda R. Dizon on Mon. March 14, 2016 2:11 AM
Categories: Canada, Direct foreign investment, European Union, Free Trade

A new, "safer" harbor for personal data transfer?

The U.S. Commerce Department and European Union officials have hammered out a new agreement to replace the "Safe Harbor" framework that the European Court of Justice invalidated in October. Will it do enough to protect EU citizens' privacy?
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No Comments | Posted by Sharon G. Lin on Thu. March 10, 2016 11:47 AM
Categories: Cyberlaw, European Union, Free Trade, United States

Kanpai! TPP could help Japanese craft brewers and U.S. grain growers

Japan's most widely available beers are clear, medium-bodied lagers, but its beer market is infamously opaque for craft brewers and importers. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would probably open that market for a wider variety of brews, especially those that use imported wheat and barley.

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No Comments | Posted by Kathleen M. Cusack (Katie) on Thu. February 18, 2016 2:05 AM
Categories: Food and agriculture, Free Trade, Japan, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United States

Commerce Dep't struggles to implement anti-cyberwar regs

A U.S. Commerce Department agency proposed export regulations to meet an international commitment to limit technologies that can be used for cyberattacks. But the agency withdrew the proposal after a barrage of criticism from the tech industry.
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No Comments | Posted by Joseph A. Fleishman on Wed. February 17, 2016 9:52 PM
Categories: Cyberwarfare, Free Trade, Intellectual property, International regulatory coordination, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United States

Russia suspends CIS trade deal after EU-Ukraine Pact

Bilateral trade is the latest casualty in the ongoing hostilities between Russia and the Ukraine. The EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area has provoked Russia to retaliatory trade bans and tariffs on the Ukraine, with a possible legal justification in the terms of an earlier free-trade relationship between those two countries.

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1 Comment | Posted by Kari M. Loomer on Tue. January 19, 2016 10:29 AM
Categories: European Union, Free Trade, Russia, Ukraine

Proposed GMO opt-outs would threaten EU's single market

A proposed EU law would allow individual member states to restrict sales of genetically-modified foods within their borders. The European Parliament recently put the proposal on ice, but EU leaders should instead put it in the compost bin. The law would create uncertainty for food processors and threaten Europe's "single market", one of the Union's most important institutions.


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No Comments | Posted by Amanda R. Dizon on Tue. November 10, 2015 10:05 PM
Categories: European Union, Food and agriculture, Free Trade, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts)

TPP provides controversial new IP rights for biological drugs

Representatives of the United States and the eleven other parties to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed on groundbreaking protections for intellectual-property rights in biological drugs. But the standards are uneven, the result of eleventh-hour negotiations whose details remain largely secret.


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No Comments | Posted by Sarah J. Sawyer on Wed. October 14, 2015 3:07 PM
Categories: Free Trade, Intellectual property, Medical Markets, United States, WikiLeaks, World Trade Organization

EU proposal for TTIP trade deal: a new model for dispute resolution?

The European Commission's draft proposal aims to improve a system that is sometimes seen as allowing multinational corporations to evade regulations in the countries where they invest.


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1 Comment | Posted by Nicholas S. Millington on Fri. October 2, 2015 12:12 AM
Categories: Conflict of Laws, Direct foreign investment, European Union, Free Trade, International Dispute Resolution, United States
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