Monthly Archives: April 2014

Newer Topics for Global Trade — Admiralty Law, Role of Cities, Wartime Claims.

     The issue of Asian trade (TPP), President Obama’s trip to Asia, and recent maritime and admiralty developments continue to highlight issues confronting global trade and global politics today. Also the growing and critical role of cities, states and ports in global trade … Continue reading

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Need to Get Trade Policy and Process Right …. Time is Running Out.

       The New York Times today in a lengthy editorial  criticizes the administration’s trade negotiations — both substance and process. It’s both correct and not so correct. Here’s my take. ….. Agree. The process is overly secretive. It’s reliance … Continue reading

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Russian Trade Sanctions and WTO Law — Now It’s Really Getting Interesting.

Do U.S. trade sanctions imposed on Russia because of its annexation  Crimea violate WTO law? The general question of trade sanctions for foreign policy or national security concerns and WTO law has never been litigated by the WTO. Are such sanctions … Continue reading

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Global Trade & Geopolitics Today — China, Cyberespionage, Sanctions, Bribery ……. Trade is More than Trade.

           Huge issues concerning global trade policy have emerged the last few weeks. They range from new economic sanctions, inequality and trade agreements,  foreign investment treaties, global bribery, new WTO panel decisions against China, multinational taxation, and cyberespionage for commercial … Continue reading

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Victims of Terrorism — Do They Deserve a Day in a U.S. Court? Of Course.

           Linde v. Arab Bank, a pending S. Ct. case,  is a multibillion dollar case. It’s an intricate one  involving terrorism, claims on behalf of terrorist victims, bank secrecy laws, tax evasion, foreign policy, diplomacy, and the role of the Executive branch … Continue reading

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Multinationals & Global Taxation — Avoidance or Evasion? — Let’s Get Real.

     Taxation and trade are intricately related. More effective taxation of cross-border transactions of multinational corporations is necessary to ensure growth of global trade and national economic  development.     The recent Congressional hearings concerning Caterpillar and its Swiss subsidiary, once again, raises this issue of … Continue reading

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