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Introduction To U.S. Free Trade Agreements

Administration, with USTR under the able, perhaps even visionary, leadership of Ambassador Robert Zoellick, almost immediately pursued the negotiations with Chile and Singapore, and concluded both negotiations in 2003. These were followed, in addition to the Middle Eastern agreements noted above, with an agreement with the five Central American nations and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR). Shortly thereafter, free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Peru in Latin America (the “willing” after the end of the FTAA negotiations) were concluded. Korea, because of its

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Investor-State Dispute Settlement and the Future of the Precautionary Principle

opportunities across the world. Id . An early example of bilateralism, which featured the now-familiar most favoured nation status, was the Cobden-Chavalier agreement of 1860 between Great Britain and France. This led to a series of similar European agreements which created something of a golden era of trade in Europe. Unfortunately this was short-lived; an economic depression in the 1870s ushered in a period of increasing protectionism which was ultimately to lead to great instability and nationalism culminating in a half-century of economic and military conflict in the

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Solving Child Statelessness: Disclosure, Reporting, and Corporate Responsibility

approach to that for conflict minerals. Part II of this article initially provides an overview of citizenship and statelessness. Further, it explores the plight of stateless children, contending that public law initiatives alone to date have been unsuccessful in their attempt to address this problem. Thereafter, the article sets out the background to the sourcing and usage of conflict minerals from the DRC and considers legal responses to this situation by (1) Congress in the form of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act; (2) the United Kingdom and the European Union; (3

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The Two Noble Kinsmen: Internal and Legal Transparency in the WTO and Their Connection to Preferential and Regional Trade Agreements

resorted to trade deals outside, with other like-minded parties. In the last decade, news on world trade has been dominated by the discussions on Mega-Regionals, and the WTO no longer is as newsworthy. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the European Union (EU)-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) have been, for better and for worse, in the front page of major world newspapers, while the recent WTO Ministerial in Nairobi barely made it to any newspapers at all. In the WTO, transparency

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Adventures in Higher Education, Happiness, And Mindfulness

cultivate the mind to expand the depth of knowledge about our world. European-American learning focuses on developing these four essential pursuits: active engagement, critical thinking, exploration, and self-expression. In an East Asian model of learning arising from an Eastern intellectual tradition of Confucius, education focuses on developing ethical character and personal excellence. East Asian learning centers on five key virtues aimed at perfecting the moral self: concentration, diligence, endurance, perseverance, and sincerity. These different models of learning

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Acts of State, State Immunity, and Judicial Review in the United States

state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects. The issue the courts face is the extent to which this rule has been circumvented by the doctrine of separation of powers which, unlike in other common law systems, is a central tenet of the U.S. constitution. Certain extra-territorial breaches involving either U.S. citizens or those foreign citizens affected by an act of a federal agency confer a power of review on federal courts overriding any state immunity. This exists in

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