Tag Archives: TTIP

Does U.S. Law Bring Order to Global Commerce? Yes, in Many Cases.

                                          Trade and international legal developments concerning corruption, price-fixing conspiracies, the TPP debate, international accounting and tax rules continue to illustrate the importance of global trade and U.S. law over the last few weeks. Most interesting is  the application … Continue reading

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U.S. & Global Trade — U.S. Global Leadership Role at Issue.

     Most important trade news the last few weeks have concerned TPA and Congress and the recent  blocking of TPA on procedural grounds in the Senate. This is extremely unfortunate for a broad range of reasons  including economic, geopolitical and … Continue reading

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Politicalization of Trade Continues, Domestically and Internationally.

          A great number of recent events have occurred this last month impacting global trade and finance. They include among others: continued aggressive actions of U.S. regulatory agencies concerning foreign banks and auditors, Argentina taking its international bond default case … Continue reading

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Obama Trade Policy and “Fast Track” — Does the President Need to be More Aggressive?

              Unlike the very broad foreign affairs powers of the president, reinforced by his powers as commander-in-chief, the president’s authority in trade is significantly different and greatly less.    The Constitution gives the exclusive authority to Congress to regulate international … Continue reading

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Secrecy, Social Media and Trade Negotiations — The End of Secrecy and Greater Transparency?

     It is clear that trade politics will reemerge after January 1st as a central and divisive domestic issue within the United States, once again. The Congress is going to take up ‘Fast Track’ legislation.  The TPP and TTIP are on the … Continue reading

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Currency Manipulation and Tobacco — Two Trade Issues in Search of a Solution.

    Two recent trade developments concerning currency manipulation and tobacco litigation are very interesting. These global financial and public health issues should be addressed further  in the forthcoming congressional debate next year over the renewal of ‘Fast Track’ authority (Trade Promotion Authority), which is … Continue reading

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Bad News and Good News — ‘Fast Track,’ Int’l Tax, Bali and Regional Agreements.

              The bad news is that “fast-track” authority is running into trouble in the Congress. There is considerable hesitation in the Congress to extend it to President Obama. The good news is that the Congress has begun to address … Continue reading

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Doha Lite, Currency Manipulation, Investor Litigation, Corruption, Tobacco Controls, Sovereign Debt, Foreign Taxation.

          A broad range of trade issues have continued to be raised in different international forums including the TPP, TTIP, World Bank and the WTO. They include among others Doha Lite, Currency Manipulation, Investor Litigation, Corruption, Tobacco Controls, Sovereign … Continue reading

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10 BROAD & DIVERSE TRADE UPDATES — Russian Sanctions, FATCA, Alien Tort Statute, FDI Report, Cyberespionage, Foreign Banks, MNC Tax, New USTR.

     A broad range of new trade actions from both the U.S. and EU have shown renewed interest in attacking long-standing problems and some newer ones. This has been driven in part by the continued global economic slowdown and renewed … Continue reading

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