Clinic: Hebrew University Clinic, 2019-2020 Student: Anonymous "The TradeLab clinic opened my eyes to the world of investor-state disputes and to how significant this is to the political relations on the global scene. It was also good to learn how significant this research can be for a small economy that doesn't have the resources to pay a major international law firm for the know how in this niche area of law. The experience also gave me a good opportunity to develop team-wo
Pamela Coke-Hamilton, a member of TradeLab's Advisory Board, was recently appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as the new Executive Director of the ITC in Geneva. Previously, she served as the Director of UNCTAD's Division on International Trade and Commodities. UNCTAD has stated, "Ms. Coke-Hamilton brings to the position a deep knowledge of international trade and extensive experience in development policy, private sector development, capacity-building and tech
Thank you to all of our students and clinic supervisors who participated in this year's Student Showcase! If you missed the Showcase, don't worry, a recording is now available.
Congratulations to TRAPCA and Kenyatta University, who tied for 1st place in our Best Video Contest! Also, hear from a supervisor at the University of the West Indies clinic, two TradeLab Fellows, and one of this year's beneficiaries, in the latest message from TradeLab.
This report discusses the means through which the beneficiary – the governing body of an indigenous community located in Canada – can facilitate the transportation of recreational cannabis products between two Canadian locations within its territory by truck. The beneficiary is developing its Cannabis Law, which will govern cannabis-related matters within its territory. As part of the Cannabis Law, the beneficiary anticipates that the law will allow sale of recreational canna
Non-Confidential Summary For the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Watch video here Carbon emissions from the use of fossil fuels are one of the major causes of climate change, threatening disastrous and irreparable harm to the environment and human civilization. Mitigating the impacts of climate change will require reducing worldwide consumption of fossil fuels, yet many governments maintain subsidy programs to assist producers and consumers of fossil fuels.
Executive Summary (Full Report available here) Watch video here Foreign investment is traditionally perceived as a positive input in a country’s economy, as it increases the amount of capital available to finance productive activities. Moreover, foreign capital often comes with technology spillovers, human capital formation, and international trade integration, increasing the productivity of industries in recipient countries. However, capital inflows into a country are not wi
Executive Summary (Full Report available here) The ATA Carnet is a standardized international customs document that is used to obtain duty-free temporary admission of particular goods into states that are parties to the Customs Convention on the ATA Carnet for the Temporary Admission of Goods (ATA Convention). It can be used as a trade promotional and facilitation tool. Since its creation over 500,000 ATA Carnets have been used for the temporary admission of goods from one
In the context of the reform of the WTO's Dispute Settlement System and Investor-State Dispute Settlement Clinic: University of the West Indies, Spring 2020 Executive Summary (Full Report available here) International dispute settlement outlines the scope of a litigating party’s rights and obligations in line with the object and purpose of the agreement at hand, in a given context. Dispute settlement also allows States to enforce rights and seek remedies when they are breache
Executive Summary (Full Report available here) States must adapt to the changing circumstances to ensure their continued development as power shifts in an increasingly multipolar world. Globalisation has made States more interdependent, particularly economically, as institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) have promoted and facilitated a rules-based free trade system. Smaller States, such as CARICOM, have become increasingly reliant on international trade to de
Executive Summary (Full report can be read here) This paper addresses the current need for effective and efficient dispute settlement mechanisms (“DSMs”) in Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).* Canada is a party to several FTAs that include DSM chapters but rarely resorts to those DSMs to resolve trade disputes. This experience is not specific to Canada; in fact, most FTA DSMs have never been used. One reason for this may be that the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) has thus far o