May 14, 2009
WTO Appellate Body Issues Compliance Report on the US EC Zeroing Dispute
The World Trade Organization Appellate Body has just issued its report regarding compliance in the complaint by the European Communities against “United States — Laws, Regulations and Methodology for Calculating Dumping Margins (“Zeroing”)” (DS294). Click here for more information
WTO Considers Extension of Trade Preferences for Poorest Countries
The World Trade Organization (WTO) Council for Trade in Goods voted earlier this week to extend by 10 years the waiver which allows developing countries such as India and Brazil to provide preferential tariff treatment to products from the least developed countries without being required to extend the same treatment to goods from other WTO members. The existing waiver was set to expire on June 30, 2009. The decision of the Council for Trade in Goods now goes to the WTO General Council for adoption.
May 13, 2009
United States Is Elected to UN Human Rights Council
The United States was successful in its bid for a seat on the United Nations' Human Rights Council this week. When asked in a press conference yesterday what the United States wants to do as a member of the Council, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, stated that she would like to see the Council hue more closely to the goals for which it was created and focus on the most egregious violations of human rights. She expressed both disappointment that the Council had not lived up to its potential and optimism that the United States could help change that.
Call for International Trade Law Papers
The peer-reviewed Journal for International Trade Law and Policy has issued a call for papers. Of particular interest are contributions in:
· International trade
· Global markets
· Competition law
· Governance and regulation
· Foreign investment
· Internet law
· Environmental law
· Business ethics
Papers can be between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length and will undergo a double blind peer review. The journal also publishes book reviews and case notes which should be around 1,500 words in total. All articles should be submitted, preferably in Microsoft Word format, and via e-mail to the Editor, Moe Alramahi. More details and author guidelines can be found on the journal homepage at: www.emeraldinsight.com/jitlp.htm.
May 12, 2009
Ambassador Thomas J. Miller takes over leadership today of the United Nations Association for the United States of America (UNA-USA). He seems to be off to a good start, having done a survey of the issues important to members and former members. One of the main results of that survey is that UNA-USA needs to pay more attention to its grassroots membership.
The UNA-USA can play an important part in helping the United Nations fulfill its mission and in helping the United States to understand better its obligations and opportunities at the United Nations.
Click here for information about UNA-USA's upcoming Biennial Conference, which will be held June 12-14, 2009 in Washington, D.C. There is an early bird registration rate available until May 18th.