NAFTA negotiators hone in on origin rules, dispute settlement

19-Aug-2017Reuters U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators began digging into some of the thorniest issues in modernizing NAFTA, including rules of origin for goods produced in the region, services trade and a controversial dispute settlement system.

Key issues

What to do about corrupt arbitral tribunals?

16-Aug-2017 The Global Anticorruption BlogThat concern is a real and serious one, but there is also a more direct and crude problem: parties (or their lawyers) bribing, or making backdoor deals with, the arbitrators to secure a favorable outcome.

Texts of agreements

21-Jul-2017  | EU-Mexico FTA - EU text proposals (July 2017) All texts as available as of 18 July 2017
14-Jul-2017  | EU-Japan FTA - draft chapters (July 2017) 19 draft chapters, as released by the European Commission
28-Jun-2017  | EU-Japan - mandate (Jul 2012) As leaked by Greenpeace (in German)
28-Jun-2017  | EU-Japan FTA - draft chapters (Jan 2016 - Jan 2017) 14 draft chapters, as leaked by Greenpeace


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