Trade and Investment

WTO Rules Against US Safeguard Measures on Steel

On November 10, 2003 the World Trade Organization Appellate Body issued its report in the complaint brought by Brazil, China, the European Communities, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland against the US imposition of safeguard measures on certain steel products. [1] The Appellate Body upheld a prior Panel ruling that the US measures were inconsistent with the WTO Safeguards Agreement and GATT 1994. [2] Consequently the Appellate Body recommended that the WTO Dispute Settlement Body request the US to bring its measures into conformity. [3] [4]
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Eliza Patterson
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China's Fixed Exchange Rate for the Yuan: Could the United States Challenge It in the WTO as a Subsidy?

           On September 24, 2003, members of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China urged a U.S. trade official to consider challenging China's fixed currency exchange rate at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Rep. James A. Leach (R-Iowa), chairman of the Commission, put forward the idea that China's currency could be "a subsidies issue under the WTO, so it's not exactly a non-WTO issue." [1]
 
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8
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23
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Marc Benitah
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The U.S. President, Once Again, Rejects Import Sanctions Against China

President Bush, on April 25, announced that he would not grant safeguard relief from imports of Chinese wire garment hangers requested by the US industry under Section 421 of the Trade Act of 1974.1 In doing so the President rejected a unanimous recommendation from the US International Trade Commission that duties be raised for a three-year period.2 This is the second time relief has been sought under Section 421, and the second time relief has been denied by the Bush Administration.3
 
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8
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Eliza Patterson
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World Trade Organization Ruling on US Continued Dumping and Offset Act of 2000 (CDSOA)

On January 16, 2003, the WTO Appellate Body (AB) ruled that the U.S. Continued Dumping and Offset Act of 2000 (CDSOA) (also referred to as the "Byrd Amendment") is inconsistent with the WTO Agreement on Implementation of Article VI of the GATT (the "Anti-Dumping (AD) Agreement") and the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures  (the "SCM Agreement"). [1]
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8
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4
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Eliza Patterson
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WTO Condemnation of U.S. Ban on Internet Gambling Pits Free Trade against Moral Values

On November 10, a dispute-settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) condemned the United States for banning online gambling. [1]   It did so at the request of one of the smallest countries in the world, Antigua and Barbuda.  The case was triggered when in 2000 a U.S. court sentenced Jay Cohen, a U.S. national and founder of the World Sports Exchange, to 21 months in jail for selling gambling services to U.S. citizens from the island of Antigua, in violation of the 1961 Wire Communications Act. 
 
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8
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26
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Joost Pauwelyn
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WTO Appellate Body Rules on Dominican Republic Cigarette Imports

In early April 2005, the WTO Appellate Body (AB) issued a ruling in an appeal of a case brought by Honduras against measures taken by the Dominican Republic in connection with the importation and internal sale of cigarettes.[1] One of the measures was a requirement that a tax stamp be affixed to all cigarettes.
 
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9
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16
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Eliza Patterson
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WTO Panel Rules on Geographical Indications

In mid-March 2005, a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel ruled on a case of interest to many WTO members.[1] The case, brought by Australia and the United States, challenged the WTO consistency of a European Union (EU) regulation[2] related to the protection of geographical indications (GIs) for agricultural products and foodstuffs. The widespread interest stems from concern that at a time when WTO negotiations are focusing on liberalizing trade in agricultural products, the EU regulation effectively limits import competition for much of its farm and food sector.
 
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Eliza Patterson
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