Global Trade Research

Read our latest commentary and analysis on important trade topics, ranging from global trade system reform, trade agreements, tariffs and quotas, and US-China trade.

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  • “Free” Trade and Modern Slavery

    “Free” Trade and Modern Slavery

    12 February 2020
    By Andrea Durkin

    Modern day slavery is more common than you might think. Trafficking in humans is the worst form of illicit trade. Wherever the debate comes out on how to use trade agreements and policies to promote human rights, free trade must begin with free.

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  • A Serious Effort to Address Subsidies?

    A Serious Effort to Address Subsidies?

    3 February 2020
    By Stephen Olson

    The Airbus-Boeing dispute, poised on the precipice of a major escalation, is only one example of the need to finally get serious about addressing subsidies. Stephen Olson explores the challenges and the merits of a recent Japan-EU-US effort to limit the damage wrought by subsidies.

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  • Phase One’s Dispute Settlement Mechanism a poor alternative to WTO Appellate Body

    Phase One’s Dispute Settlement Mechanism a poor alternative to WTO Appellate Body

    30 January 2020
    By Dr. Weihuan Zhou

    The WTO has one of the most active international dispute settlement mechanisms (DSM) in the world. In recent years however, the WTO’s dispute resolution process has been heavily criticized. What’s more, the implementation of a retaliation-based dispute settlement mechanism in the China-US Phase One trade deal will further undermine the central role played by the WTO in trade disputes resolution and potentially legitimize the use of unilateral retaliatory measures that are unlawful under the multilateral trading system. Dr. Weihuan Zhou, senior lecturer at UNSW Law, looks at the longer-term impacts of using bilateral approaches to resolve trade disputes and whether those will be effective and address the issues of the DSM.

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From TradeVistas

Created to help you understand trade, TradeVistas is our digital magazine that explains everything you need to know about the world of trade and how it all impacts you. Read the essentials and more in our latest.

U.S.-China FDI goes cold while venture capital heats up

U.S.-China FDI goes cold while venture capital heats up

23 August, 2019

With trade talks between the United States and China running hot and cold, it’s irresistible to get sucked into daily U.S.-China trade war updates with its unexpected tariff announcements. In the bigger picture, the underlying uncertainty caused by ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China is having a large impact, particularly on two-way foreign direct investment (FDI). 

 

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India’s tariffs could dent gains from California’s bumper almond crop

8 August, 2019

California growers have reason to worry about access to India, one of their biggest export markets. The Indian government increased tariffs on U.S. shelled almonds by 20 percent and non-shelled almonds by 17 percent in June, which could shortchange the gains hoped for by California almond growers who are expecting a bumper harvest this year. 

 

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From our resource center

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