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What Would it Mean for Labor to Be Able to Sue Under NAFTA? Some Early Thoughts

I’ve been reading with interest increasingly vocal calls to introduce more progressive strategies in international economic law. One of the more intriguing: giving labor unions the same right to sue governments that foreign investors enjoy. Philosophically, I’m not necessarily opposed … Continue Reading

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FinTech Week—a unique policy forum for market participants, regulators and thought leaders—launches in Washington, DC Georgetown University October 18-20, 2017

In a world of rapidly evolving innovation and regulation, precious few opportunities are afforded market participants, regulators and academic thought-leaders to seriously discuss, discover, and debate changes in the financial ecosystem, and what they mean for consumers and investors. Georgetown … Continue Reading

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Groups Criticize NAFTA Secrecy, Compare to TPP

NAFTA negotiations have opened, with critics pouncing on the transparency—or lack thereof—with which talks have thus far been conducted. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, for one, has noted: [F]ollowing the failed model of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the USTR will … Continue Reading

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Australia joins Japan and China in Regulating Bitcoin Exchanges

Recent news reports indicate that Australia is seeking to crackdown on money laundering and terrorism financing with plans to regulate bitcoin exchanges, a move that follows on the heels of attempts in China and Japan to regulate digital currencies.  Authorities have reportedly described their efforts … Continue Reading

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President Trump’s Comments Complicate (Among So Many Other Things) UK-US Trade Relationship

The news has been saturated with President Trump’s shocking Charlottesville remarks in the wake of the tragic death of civil rights protester Heather Heyer.  Yet one overlooked consequence, among the many domestic consequences, is that his comments may impact international … Continue Reading

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UK seeks to establish temporary customs union with EU

An interesting development reported by  a number of news sources, and in this case, the Daily Telegraph: The Brexit Secretary will on Tuesday publish a paper in which he agrees not to implement any new free trade deals until after … Continue Reading

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Funding for Tech Start-Ups Richly Available, Just as High Profile IPOs Disappoint

From Bloomberg: The Bloomberg U.S. Startups Barometer, which tracks the business conditions for U.S.-based private technology companies, reached a record high. A 44 percent increase from a year earlier was driven by a surge in the number of businesses that … Continue Reading

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Will Credit Rating Agencies Be Next to Exit London?

I’ve had a number of conversations with extremely bright, extremely high level professionals about credit rating agencies recently, which have all consistently highlighted the European Securities and Markets Authority’s (ESMA’s) heightened interest in credit rating agencies (CRAs) operated outside the European … Continue Reading

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2017 IIEL Annual Report Now Available

    I am delighted to present the 2017 Annual Report for the Institute of International Economic Law.  Thanks to countless stakeholders and supporters, we have had the great opportunity to host the OCC’s Fintech Charter launch, Mexico’s top NAFTA … Continue Reading

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China’s Silk Road Comes to North America

  According to the Haitian Press Agency (AHP), China plans to invest $30 billion in Haiti’s infrastructure as part of its Silk Road initiative. This marks the first time to my knowledge that China’s trade and investment program will extend to … Continue Reading

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