Category Archives: Treaties

Order and Disorder in International Trade

“You’re going to pay a very large border tax”. That’s what President-elect Trump said at his January 11 news conference (if it can be called that) about US companies that manufacture abroad, repeating statements he repeatedly made on the campaign trail. It seems fair to predict this blustering will become actual US policy post January… Read More »

Brexit and CETA – The Way Forward

CETA Held Hostage On Brexit again, what’s clear is that even with a new U.K. government in place, things are still unclear. There’s no roadmap on how all of the issues surrounding the UK leave scenario will be sorted out. In the meantime, the Canada-EU Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (CETA) is held hostage to… Read More »

Private Rule-Making & International Trade

Recent episodes such as the Earls Restaurant issue over so-called “humane beef” illustrate the impact of private sector standards, rules and best practices on international trade, outside the realm of governments and free-trade agreements. These industry-driven rules and “regulations” are having an increasing impact on international business. See my commentary, 13 May 2016, in the… Read More »

TPP – Brief to the House of Commons Trade Committee

Below is a Brief filed with the Standing Committee on International Trade on its examination of the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement. HOUSE OF COMMONS STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE AGREEMENT – WATCHING WASHINGTON LAWRENCE L. HERMAN Herman & Associates Toronto 13 April 2016 While the Standing Committee examines the intricacies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership… Read More »