The World Trade Organization (WTO) is in urgent need of reform. But recent proposals for institutional changes are limited in scope and primarily serve the interests of advanced economies. Developing countries should seize this opportunity to promote their own ideas on the future of the trade system.
Our chapter on the legitimacy impasses of transnational trade governance was finally published in the Research Handbook on the Sociology of International Law.
Die Welthandelsorganisation (WTO) muss dringend reformiert werden. Die vorliegenden Reformvorschläge dienen jedoch vor allem den Interessen der Industrieländer. Die Entwicklungsländer sollten gemeinsam eigene Vorschläge in die Debatte einbringen.
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation just published a strategy paper on the future of European and German trade policy to which I contributed as a member of its Working Group on Trade Policy. The paper is based on detailed discussions between members of the German and European parliament and trade experts. The German version is titled... Continue Reading →
This posts summarises preliminary results of my analysis of treaty commitments in the African Union. The assessment is part of a research project for the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) that explores the behaviour of authoritarian countries in the African continental integration project.
In a new draft paper prepared for the 59th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in San Francisco, we examine why authoritarian regimes in Africa formally support and ratify continental provisions aimed at democracy-promotion. Here's the abstract.
A well-received piece on plurilateral trade agreements and their place in Britain's Brexit strategy. First published on 16 January with the UK Trade Forum.
Intra-EU bilateral investment treaties (BITs) are an esoteric issue, but the recent controversy over these agreements is likely to affect future negotiations on investment protection. This post explores the Achmea case before the CJEU and the positioning of key actors on intra-EU BITs.
The world of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) is rapidly evolving: governments increasingly negotiate on the bilateral and regional level. This activity has created a complex web of PTAs spanning the globe. Economics professor Jagdish Baghwati likened the phenomenon to a “spaghetti bowl” in the early 1990s. Since then, new waves of preferential trade negotiations have swept over different regions, leading... Continue Reading →