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Sep 1, 2010
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Aug 27, 2010

Australia must tighten mining, racism laws: U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – Australia must tighten rules governing the behavior of its companies, especially mining firms, toward indigenous people at home and abroad, a United Nations human rights body said on Friday.

The 18-member committee of independent experts on racism also told Australia to do more to integrate recent immigrants from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and other Muslim countries and tackle racism against indigenous people in Australia.

Aug 16, 2010

WTO raps EU tariffs on technology goods

GENEVA (Reuters) – A World Trade Organization panel gave broad backing on Monday to the United States, Japan and Taiwan in their complaint over controversial European duties on electronics products, and told Brussels to bring its trade measures into line with international rules.

The panel said the EU had imposed the duties on flat-panel displays, multifunction printers and television set-top boxes in violation of the WTO’s Information Technology Agreement.

Aug 16, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 16, 2010

WTO raps EU in IT suit, Brussels complains

GENEVA, Aug 16 (Reuters) – A World Trade Organization panel
gave broad backing on Monday to the United States, Japan and
Taiwan in their complaint over European duties on electronics
products, and told Brussels to bring its trade measures into
line with international rules.

The panel said that the EU had imposed the duties on
flat-panel displays, multifunction printers and television
set-top boxes in violation of the WTO’s Information Technology
Agreement (ITA).

Aug 13, 2010
Aug 13, 2010

Basel proposals bring no comfort to trade finance

GENEVA, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Recent amendments from the Basel
Committee on banking regulation do not appear to meet the
concern of practitioners of trade finance that proposed new
rules could make the vital loans scarcer and more expensive.

Bankers and lawyers are still deciphering the revisions. But
several say they still have their work cut out to convince
regulators that the $10 trillion market, the lifeblood of global
trade, is much less risky than other forms of lending.

Aug 12, 2010
via Global News Journal

Can export bans be challenged at the WTO?

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Russia’s ban on grain exports as a heat wave parches crops in the world’s third biggest wheat exporter has raised questions whether such export curbs break World Trade Organization rules. Russia is not a member of the WTO, and it remains to be seen how its new grain policy will affect its 17-year-old bid to join. But other grain exporters, such as Ukraine, which is also considering export curbs, are part of the global trade referee.

WTO rules are quite clear that members cannot interfere with imports and exports in a way that disrupts trade or discriminates against other members. But in practice most WTO rules aim to stop countries blocking imports – shutting out competitor’s goods to give their own domestic producers an unfair advantage.

    • About Jonathan

      "I write about world trade for Reuters and also lead our Geneva bureau covering international organisations based in Geneva. I spent many years in Eastern Europe, both before the Berlin Wall came down, and after 1989, when I covered the economic transition of the region. I also worked in Moscow from 1994 to 1998, where I set up Reuters domestic service for Russia and the CIS, and ran news operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries from 1998 to 2002 and Southeast Asia from 2002 to 2007."
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      1978
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