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Tag: Dispute settlement

What does the National Security Exception in GATT mean?

What does the National Security Exception in GATT mean?

11 Jul 19  Blog
The World Trade Organization (WTO) regime is rules-based. One of the implications is that the Member States can only invoke exceptions that are expressly provided for; national mea...
Another Ruling against the Dismantling of the SADC Tribunal

Another Ruling against the Dismantling of the SADC Tribunal

11 Jul 19  Blog
In December 2018, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the participation of the South African President in the decision to abolish the Southern African Development Com...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

27 Jun 19  News
The African Group at the WTO has circulated a statement on the Appellate Body impasse: An extract: “In the last year, we note with alarming concern the systemic risks facing the...
Appellate Body impasse: Communication from the African Group to the WTO General Council

Appellate Body impasse: Communication from the African Group to the WTO General Council

27 Jun 19  News
1. Context The dispute settlement system is recognized in Article 3.2 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU) as a central element ...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

23 May 19  News
Small African economies in a more uncertain global trade environment: the potential impact of post-AGOA scenarios for Lesotho  (World Bank) This paper provides a forward-look...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

21 May 19  News
Nigeria’s funding of the AU:  FEC approves implementation of new import levy (Daily Post) The Federal Executive Council, yesterday, approved the rate of 0.2% as the new imp...
How can the AfCFTA Investment Protocol advance the realisation of the AfCFTA objectives?

How can the AfCFTA Investment Protocol advance the realisation of the AfCFTA objectives?

17 May 19  Blog
The AfCFTA Agreement will include a protocol on investment – to be negotiated in phase II. Meanwhile, the technical issues on investment are under consideration, and the draft le...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

25 Apr 19  News
African trade policy events taking place today: In Maseru: SACU Council of Ministers meeting In Arusha: EABC-UNECA workshop on the role of the private sector in the AfCFTA ...
The South African Constitutional Court annuls decision on SADC Tribunal: What are the Implications?

The South African Constitutional Court annuls decision on SADC Tribunal: What are the Implications?

04 Mar 19  Publications
In December 2018, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that the participation of the South African President in the decision to abolish the Southern African Development Com...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

01 Mar 19  News
Featured tweet, infographic, @fadyhocheimy: So I sent DHL from Gambia to Senegal and this is how it traveled to get there. There is a direct 25 min flight almost daily between Gamb...
Investor-state dispute settlement in Africa and the AfCFTA Investment Protocol

Investor-state dispute settlement in Africa and the AfCFTA Investment Protocol

11 Dec 18  Blog
African countries have frequently appeared as respondents before international arbitration tribunals for violating their investment treaty obligations, mostly provisions on expropr...
WTO reform: EU proposes way forward on the functioning of the Appellate Body

WTO reform: EU proposes way forward on the functioning of the Appellate Body

26 Nov 18  News
Today, the European Union (EU) together with other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) – Australia, Canada, China, Iceland, India, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, S...
tralac’s Daily News Selection

tralac’s Daily News Selection

21 Nov 18  News
The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body meets today: selected updates India asks WTO to set up panel against US for imposing higher duties on steel, aluminium. China, the EU, Mexi...
Assuring Continuation of Effective WTO Dispute Settlement

Assuring Continuation of Effective WTO Dispute Settlement

18 Nov 18  Blog
Until the past few years, for many there was widespread complacency over the existence and state of the liberal world trading system. If progress was needed that could not be achie...
The Settlement of Trade Disputes: Where do we stand and what can be done?

The Settlement of Trade Disputes: Where do we stand and what can be done?

18 Nov 18  Blog
The crisis in the dispute settlement arrangement of the World Trade Organization (WTO) has a paralysing effect on the multilateral trade system. While the workload of the Dispute S...
National interests delay EAC Customs Union, even as technology kicks in

National interests delay EAC Customs Union, even as technology kicks in

09 Oct 18  News
Fourteen years since East Africa’s Customs Union became operational, the East African Community (EAC) has thrice postponed the date of its full implementation. The region was ex...
South African Poultry Association files an Application for setting aside AGOA

South African Poultry Association files an Application for setting aside AGOA

01 Oct 18  Blog
How do private parties involved in intra-African trade protect their rights and interests which may flow from the application of trade agreements? They do not, as a rule, enjoy sta...
The Crisis in WTO Dispute Settlement

The Crisis in WTO Dispute Settlement

01 Oct 18  Blog
The effective functioning of the dispute settlement system of the WTO is essential for rules-based multilateral trade. It provides certainty and predictability and prevents power-b...
The Dispute Settlement Mechanism under the African Continental Free Trade Area

The Dispute Settlement Mechanism under the African Continental Free Trade Area

01 Oct 18  Blog
African Governments do not litigate against each other in trade matters. Will it be different under the African Continental Free Trade Area? We do not know. What we do know is that...
Dispute settlement in the East African Community (EAC)

Dispute settlement in the East African Community (EAC)

01 Oct 18  Blog
The EAC is a regional intergovernmental organisation of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The EAC, among other things, aims to widen and deepen cooperation...

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