Friday, December 3, 2010

WTO Panel Finds EU Violated Anti-Dumping Rules in China-EU Fastener Dispute

A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel issued a report today which concludes that the European Union (EU) is violating anti-dumping (AD) rules in the case of Definitive AD Measures on Certain Iron or Steel Fasteners from China (DS397).  The WTO panel found that the EU has acted inconsistently with its obligations under articles 3, 6, 9 and 18 of the AD Agreement.  On the other hand, it found that the EU did not violate articles 2, 4 or 5 of the AD Agreement.  The panel declined China's request that it recommend how the EU should bring its measures into compliance.  Instead, the panel followed the usual practice of recommending that the Dispute Settlement Body request that the EU bring its measures into conformity with its WTO obligations. More information and the decision can be found here.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Reminder: Deadline Approaching for International Conference on Law in Greece

This is a reminder of an earlier post.  The Law Research Institute of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (AT.IN.E.R.) will hold its 8th Annual International Conference on Law on 18-21 July 2011.   Submissions from all legal disciplines are welcome.  The deadline to submit abstracts is December 27, 2011.  For more information, visit the conference website. 

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearings on Zimbabwe

The Africa and Global Health Subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing titled “ Zimbabwe: From Crisis to Renewal” on December 2, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office

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European Commission Initiates Antitrust Investigation of Google

The European Commission (EC) announced today that it is initiating an investigation into the search engine company, Google, regarding allegations that Google abused its dominant position in online searches in violation of European competition (antitrust) laws.  Smaller web businesses in France, Germany and the United Kingdom have complained that Google downgraded their websites in search results to weaken competitor advertising.  Google controls 80% of the online search market in Europe (as compared to 66% in the United States), according to a research firm, comScore.  The EC has notified its U.S. counterpart with respect to antitrust matters, the U.S. Justice Department (US DOJ), of the investigation.  The US DOJ also has been examining Google for possible antitrust violations, but has not initiated any formal proceedings as yet.  The opening of the EC investigation allows the EC to gather information from companies that do business with Google as well as its competitors to better assess whether any violations have taken place.

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ICJ Ruling in Ahmadou Sadio Diallo Case (Republic of Guinea v. Democratic Republic of the Congo)

ICJ The International Court of Justice has issued its decision in the case of Ahmadou Sadio Diallo (Republic of Guinea v. Democratic Republic of the Congo).  The Court found that in carrying out the arrest, detention and expulsion of Mr. Diallo in 1995-1996, the DRC violated his fundamental rights, but that it did not violate his direct rights as “associé” in the companies Africom-Zaire and Africontainers-Zaire.  Click here to read a seven-page press release from the ICJ with more details about the case and the decision.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Senate Hearings on Latin America Foreign Policy Challenges

US Senate The Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing titled “ Latin America in 2010: Opportunities, Challenges and the Future of U.S. Policy in the Hemisphere.”  The hearing will be on December 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC.

Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office

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House Hearings on Iran Sanctions

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Implementing Tougher Sanctions on Iran: A Progress Report” on December 1, 2010, at 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

Hat tip to the ABA Governmental Affairs Office

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WTO AB Finds Australia Violated Obligations Under SPS Agreement

WTO 80 percent The World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body (AB) issued its ruling today in Australia - Measures Affecting Importation of Apples from New Zealand (DS367) in which it upheld most of the panel's findings that Australia had violated its obligations under the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement.  More specifically, the WTO AB found that Australia's measures regarding fire blight and pests violated 5.1 and 5.2, but not 5.6, of the SPS Agreement.  The Appellate Body recommends that the WTO Dispute Settlement Body request that Australia brings its measures into conformity with its obligations under the SPS Agreement. More information and a copy of the decision may be found here.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Guide to Foreign Law Firms

Guide ABA Intlaw Do you need to find a reliable law firm in another country?  There are several guides (and of course the internet), but your best choice might be the new edition of the Guide to Foreign Law Firms, just published by the American Bar Association Section of International Law.

The Guide lists those foreign law firms that are most likely to be used or considered by leading practitioners when foreign law issues arise.  It is based on the personal experiences of the authors, who are both partners in prominent international law firms and are both former Chairs of the ABA's Section of International Law.  It is also based upon recommendations of other attorneys who have had direct experience in working with firms in specific countries.  In short, this is a book you will want to have -- and have handy -- when you need to find a reliable law firm in another country.

Click here for more information about the book (including how to order a copy for your library).

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