Category Archives: WTO

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 »

Another WTO Aircraft Battle?

According to the media, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is threatening another WTO case against Bombardier, challenging the $1 billion equity infusion provided for the C Series by the Quebec government and, possibly, another $1 billion under consideration from the Feds. The following are some initial impressions from reading these recent reports. Only Brazil Can… Read More »

COOL Frustrations

The trade dispute between Canada and the US over American country of origin labelling requirements (referred to everywhere as “COOL”) is entering its eighth year. It presents a history of delay, frustration and prevarication that, sad to say, tarnishes the utility of the WTO dispute settlement system. Canada took the matter to the WTO back… Read More »

Weighty Decisions in the WTO

One of the growing concerns in trade law is the long, dense and over-wordy WTO panel and Appellate Body decisions. These decisions run in the hundreds and hundreds of pages in densely-typed and often opaque paragraphs, vexing lawyers (let alone non-lawyers) in trying to grasp the meaning and long-term impact of these judgements. It’s puzzling… Read More »