Secretary-General Urges States At Marine Environment Protection Committee Meeting To Adopt Ambitious Strategy Aligned With Climate Goals

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

WTO Chairpersons For 2018

General Council H.E. Mr Junichi IHARA (Japan) Dispute Settlement Body H.E. Ms Sunanta KANGVALKULKIJ (Thailand) Trade Policy Review Body H.E. Mr. Eloi LAOUROU  (Benin) Council for Trade in Goods H.E. Mr. Stephen DE BOER  (Canada) Council for...Read More


28 February 2018 The Conference on Disarmament this morning continued its high-level segment, hearing addresses by ministerial officials from Turkey, Russia, Iran, Romania and South Africa. Ahmet Yildiz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs o...Read More

Azevêdo: WTO Essential For Bulgaria’s Continued Economic Reforms And Integration Into Global Economy

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning. I am very glad to be in Bulgaria and to join you today at the National Assembly. Thank you for your kind invitation. I am especially pleased to be here during the Bulgarian Presidency of the...Read More

The Rise of Environmental Law in International Dispute Resolution: Inter-American Court of Human Rights issues Landmark Advisory Opinion on Environment and Human Rights

The Inter-American Court’s Advisory Opinion on Environment and Human Rights, released on 7 February 2018 (in Spanish only) (for brevity “AO”), is the latest and potentially most significant decision in a series of high profile international...Read More

Human Rights and the Protection of the Environment: The Advisory Opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

On 7 February 2018, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (the Court, IACtHR) issued the much awaited advisory opinion (A/O) concerning the obligations of States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights (American Convention, AC...Read More

Local Knowledge For Sustainable Use Of Marine Resources

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), with the support of the Regional Ministry of Environment and Territory Planning of Andalusia and the Autonomous Local Entity of Facinas, wi...Read More

Environmental Damages, Environmental Reparations, and the Right to a Healthy Environment: The ICJ Compensation Judgment in Costa Rica v. Nicaragua and the IACtHR Advisory Opinion on Marine Protection for the Greater Caribbean

On 2 February 2018, the International Court of Justice issued a landmark judgment on compensation for environmental damages in Certain Activities Carried Out By Nicaragua in the Border Area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua), Compensation Owed by th...Read More

UN Environment And WTO Launch Dialogue On Healthier Environments Through Trade

The two leaders underscored the urgency of facilitating a dialogue among all stakeholders to identify ways of ensuring that trade and environment policies are mutually supportive. At the same time, they recognized that any meaningful action...Read More

Argentina Ratifies The Trade Facilitation Agreement

Argentina’s WTO ambassador Hector Marcelo Cima submitted his country’s instrument of acceptance to WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo on 22 January. Argentina is the 128th WTO member to have done so. “Argentina’s ratification of the Trade...Read More

Structural Reforms And Firms Productivity Evidence From Developing Countries

This paper assesses the effects of selected structural reforms on labor productivity growth for 37 developing countries over 2006-14. It combines newly constructed reform indexes using the International Monetary Fund’s Monitoring of Fund Ar...Read More

Western Sahara before the CJEU

Just a quick heads-up to our readers that yesterday Advocate General Wathelet of the Court of Justice of the EU delivered his opinion in Case C‑266/16, Western Sahara Campaign UK, The Queen v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Cust...Read More

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