Daily Archives: May 5, 2014

The trouble with bilateralism in trade agreements

“The WTO is plagued by two major faults. On the one hand, its rules have grown too complex, feature too many loopholes and allow for too much discretion on the part of those who actually understand them. On the other hand, if countries with greater negotiating clout cannot find a way to wiggle their way out of WTO commitments within the framework of multilateral rules, they simply circumvent these by entering into bilateral arrangements. Hence, assuming that NGOs are focused on a return to multilateralism, they ought to start investing their time and energy to lobby for fewer rules, rather than more.” – Hans Mahncke

Stock photo: Hans Mahncke

Stock photo: Hans Mahncke

You can find the article here: http://www.ideasinactiontv.com/tcs_daily/2005/11/the-usual-suspects.html

Welcome

Stock photo: Hans Mahncke

Stock photo: Hans Mahncke

Welcome to my new blog. I want to kick things off by sharing the panegyric I wrote for Justice Kemal Bokhary when he retired from the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. It has been a year and a half and as someone who reads court cases for a living, I can very much attest that his wit, wisdom and eloquence are sorely missed. 

Read the full article here: http://hk-lawyer.org/en/article.asp?articleid=100&c=0