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The Three-Dimensional International Trade War: Strategic Positioning for Canada in WTO, NAFTA, and Bilateral Battles

The Conference Board of Canada, October 18, 2018 at 02:00 PM EDT
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Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. President, trade friction at three levels has exploded into a trade war on three levels. Importers, exporters, and investors engage in cross-border trade on multilateral, regional, and bilateral levels, and Canada is involved at all three—sometimes as a combatant, and as potential collateral damage in other cases. The good old days of happy, duty-free, quota-free, North-South trade in the NAFTA context may be over. Amid the "fog" of war, Canadian businesses have no choice but to plan strategically and consider ways to position themselves to profit—or at least minimise losses.

Please join us for a candid, provocative webinar, that, at minimum, will help participants understand what is happening in cross-border trade in goods and services, and foreign direct investment, why it is happening, and how Canadian leaders can respond thoughtfully and effectively. With less than three weeks before the U.S. Congressional elections, this webinar should prove especially timely.

Webinar Highlights

In this webinar, to be held just weeks before the U.S. Congressional elections, Raj will share his insights on the trade battles that are occurring at all three levels:

  • At the World Trade Organization (WTO), battles are fought over Appellate Body candidates, so the "crown jewel" of the WTO, the adjudicatory function, is under siege. Battles rage over fishing subsidies, too, thus imperilling its negotiating function. What should Canadian businesses expect from Canada's participation in the multilateral trading regime?
  • At the regional level, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is being renegotiated, but to what end? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) minus the United States, is now the Comprehensive and Progressive TPP (CPTPP), but will it succeed? Amid the changing pattern of FTAs and rules of origin, what factors should Canadian businesses consider when expanding to new markets?
  • At the bilateral level, the battles over steel, aluminium, and auto and auto parts are heated, as the tariffs were imposed on the basis of national security under Section 232 of America's 1962 Trade Expansion Act. Likewise, the China-America IP battles rage under Section 301 of America's 1974 Trade Act. What should Canadian businesses consider when dealing with "America First"?

About Raj

Photo of Raj Bhala Raj Bhala is the Brenneisen Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. A native of Toronto, Raj joined the University of Kansas in 2003 from George Washington, where he held the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professorship, before which he began his teaching career at William & Mary. He also lectures across the world, and in 2019 will teach intensive International Trade Law courses at Tel Aviv University and the University of Auckland.

Raj practiced at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he twice won the President’s Award for Excellence, thanks to his service as a delegate to the United Nations Conference on International Trade Law. He is a Senior Advisor at Dentons U.S. LLP., and served as an International Legal Consultant for the Bahraini and Saudi offices of Blake, Cassels & Graydon (Canada).

Raj is author of one of the world’s leading textbooks, International Trade Law: An Interdisciplinary, Non-Western Textbook, the new (5th) edition of which is in production, and the first treatise on GATT in nearly 50 years, Modern GATT Law. He is the first non-Muslim American scholar to write a textbook on Islamic Law, Understanding Islamic Law (Shari‘a), and teaches this course to U.S. Special Operations Forces. His newest book is on the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP Objectively, and he is working on one on India, Business Law of Modern India.

Raj is a columnist on international law and economics, writing “On Point” for Bloomberg Quint (Mumbai) .

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