The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Crisis

“The World Trade Organization is in crisis” is a statement that has practically become the new WTO motto. This particular global organization is comprised of 164 member states and was created on January 1, 1995. The provisional agreement and organization, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) preceded the creation of the WTO. While…

An Overview of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

The European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), a bilaterally beneficial trade agreement, was finally implemented on November 20, 2019, after ten years of negotiations. Talks began in 2009, with the Good and Services negotiations and investment protection negotiations ending in 2012 and 2014, respectively. EUSFTA was signed in October 2018, and approved by the European…

Arbitration in the United Kingdom after Brexit: For Better or For Worse?

The United Kingdom has been working to officially remove itself from the European Union since 2017, in an ongoing political effort commonly known as “Brexit.” This separation arises from several goals, including granting the United Kingdom the ability to act more freely in its legal system and overall lawmaking. What impact will this have on…

AAA Ruling: Taking a Hard Line on Doping Infractions

Performance enhancing drugs have had a persistent place in sports for decades, and their utility has only increased as athletic achievements have been monetized.  From Maradona and Armstrong to countless other athletes, long term health has taken a back seat to the glory of winning and the money that comes along with it.  This storyline…

The Power of the FAA after Lamps Plus

This past spring 2019, the Supreme Court brought a new interpretation to the field of U.S. arbitration. A challenge for workers but a gift for employers, Lamps Plus v. Varela has more loosely applied the waiver of class action arbitration in the Federal Arbitration Act. The FAA was enacted in 1925 to relieve pressure on…