Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements: Case Studies (v. 2) by Simon Lester, Bryan Mercurio

By Simon Lester, Bryan Mercurio

The heritage of the area buying and selling approach and foreign alternate agreements is characterized through shifts among bilateralism, regionalism and multilateralism. Bilateralism has lately back, having received momentum following the failed WTO negotiations on the 1999 Seattle Ministerial convention. the result's that modern day overseas alternate principles are actually a posh net of tools and agreements. This quantity comprises case stories of chosen bilateral and neighborhood loose exchange agreements (FTAs), masking quite a lot of international locations, areas and key matters corresponding to highbrow estate and agriculture. Authored by means of top students, practitioners and governmental officers, every one case learn presents a entire assessment of the negotiating historical past and results of the chosen contract. each one research can function an in-depth exam of a selected FTA, and the gang of case experiences can be utilized to match and distinction the insurance of alternative FTAs or to envision the FTAs signed via a specific kingdom.

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Mr Ralph Ives – US lead negotiator and Mr Stephen Deady – Australian lead negotiator’, 5 December 2003. DFAT, Guide to the Agreement, above note 23, at pp. 1–2. 38 However, the AUSFTA has been subject to severe criticism, even apart from its substantive implications, due to the way in which it was concluded. 40 The conclusion of the AUSFTA provides a typical example of the problems this approach may cause in practice. The Australian government agreed to the AUSFTA on 8 February 2004 and signed it on 18 May 2004; Australia’s implementing legislation was passed in the House of Representatives on 24 June 2004.

2 and 26; WTO, Council for Trade in Services, Communication from the United States–Audiovisual and Related Services, S/CSS/W/21, 18 December 2000, at paras. 151 Chapter 13 imposes specific national treatment,152 MFN treatment153 and market access obligations154 in relation to financial services, as well as additional obligations on matters such as cross-border supply of financial services155 and additional exceptions for measures such as ‘measures for prudential reasons, including for the protection of investors .

At p. 16; and Centre for International Economics, Economic Analysis of AUSFTA: Impact of the bilateral free trade agreement with the United States prepared for Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2004), at p. 13. html (last accessed 8 March 2007). Commonwealth of Australia, Final Report, above note 17, at para. 20; and John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, Media Release: ‘Sugar Industry Reform Programme’, 29 April 2004. Philippa Dee, The Australia – US Free Trade Agreement: An Assessment, Pacific Economic Papers No.

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