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The TradeLab network consists of legal clinics all over the globe.
TradeLab can assist with a variety of trade- and investment law related projects.
Offer background research and support in the negotiations of trade and .grid-blockinvestment agreements.
Provide compliance assessment of proposed or existing legislation, drafting of model legislation or advocacy positions in the context of existing agreements on trade and investment.
Assist in preparing litigation briefs (including amicus briefs), third party submissions, and legal memoranda at the WTO, in investor-state arbitration and other fora.
TradeLab has assisted a wide range of beneficiaries with complex international trade- and investment law matters.
- Government of Mexico (Should Mexico Join ICSID?)
- Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Office (Designing a WTO-Consistent Customs Union)
- Permanent Mission of Canada in Geneva (Retaliation under the WTO system: When does Nullification or Impairment Begin?)
- European Parliament, Committee on International Trade (A Comparative Analysis of Generalised Systems of Preferences)
- European Commission, Cabinet of the Trade Commissioner (‘Gold Standards’ for the International Investment Policy of the European Union after the Entry into Force of the Lisbon Treaty)
- European SME invested & expropriated in the Middle East
- East African Business Association (Services Liberalization in East African Community)
- African Union (Drafting of Dispute Settlement Mechanism for CFTA)
- CARICOM Secretariat (CARICOM Project)
- UN Conference on Trade and Development (Tax Base Erosion and Profit Sharing)
- International Monetary Fund (Consistency of Capital Flow Regulation Under the US Model BIT 2012, vis à vis the IMF and the WTO)
- International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (China Rare Earths Export Quotas)
- Black Market Watch (Illicit Trade and International Economic Law)
- The People’s Pledge (The Future of the UK in Europe: Exit Scenarios and Their Implications on Trade Relations)
- International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canadian Environmental Law Association, and Ecojustice Canada (Amicus Brief in WTO dispute on Canada Feed-In Tariffs for Renewable Energy)
- Oxfam International (Questions of Compatibility with WTO Law of Trade Measures Taken under a New Climate Change Protocol)
Here are some examples of projects that TradeLab has assisted with.
Illicit trade is an umbrella term that is used to describe a range of illegal activities from human trafficking, the trade in endangered species, illegal logging, fake medicines, illegal trade in arms and the production and sale of counterfeited and pirated goods. What is illicit trade from the purview of International Economic Law (‘IEL’)? What actions can be pursued to combat or stem the flow of illicit trade under IEL?
Clinic projects are supervised by renowned and independent academics
Clinic projects are supported by experienced practitioners in the field, pro bono.
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How To Guides
TradeLab is committed to empowering everyone to benefit from WTO, Preferential Trade and Bilateral Investment Treaties.
From the 1990s onwards, an increasing number of international dispute settlement systems have allowed non-state actors to make written submissions (amicus curiae briefs) in proceedings. International trade dispute settlement is no exception. Focusing on submissions in World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes, this TradeLab guide explains what an amicus brief is, why and how a non-state actor might submit one and what the possible benefits of submission are. This is one area in which TradeLab can help. Our clinics can assist any WTO member to identify cases it should submit a brief in, and/or prepare the brief on their behalf.
This guide provides an overview of third party submissions at the World Trade Organization (WTO). It explains: what is a third party; who qualifies as a third party to a dispute; what are the benefits of participating as a third party; enhanced third party rights; and, the limits of what third parties can do. This is one area in which TradeLab can help. Our clinics can assist any WTO member to identify cases it should submit a third party brief in, and/or prepare the brief on their behalf.
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