Category Archives : International Analysis

WTO Interim Appeal Arrangement: Enhancing the International Trading System

On May 12, 2020, Posted by , In International Analysis,

Despite the crisis affecting the World Trade Organization (WTO), the States’ action is not at a standstill, and some Members like Canada actively contribute to the development of solutions aiming to uphold the Multilateral Trading System. On account of the blockage impeding the WTO’s Appellate Body (AB) to operate, Canada,…

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and NAFTA: The impact on Canadian goods and services exports

On February 10, 2020, Posted by , In International Analysis,

On December 10, 2019, Canada, Mexico and the United States convened to revise the text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) initially concluded on September 30, 2018. The agreement has been ratified by Mexico in 2019 and by the United States in early 2020. Canada’s implementation bill has been successfully introduced…

CMKZ 2020 International Trade Law Forecast

On February 6, 2020, Posted by , In International Analysis,

Free Trade | China | United States | Brexit | European Union | World Trade Organization | Private Law | 2020 Incoterms | CMKZ Advices The beginning of the year is an opportunity to take stock of the foreseeable developments in international trade law for 2020 which are likely to affect…

United States-China “Phase I” Agreement: Challenges and Opportunities

On February 4, 2020, Posted by , In International Analysis,

The “Phase One” Deal concluded between the United States and China on January 15, will enter into force on February 15. Canada will benefit from the improves to be made to the Chinese intellectual property regime. The chapters relating specifically to the US-China relation is however likely to cause a…

CMKZ 2019 International Trade Law Forecast

On February 12, 2019, Posted by , In International Analysis,

American pressures | World Trade Organization | Free Trade | Brexit | Intellectual Property | Tax evasion | Investments | Privacy | International Contracts The beginning of the year is an opportunity to take stock of the foreseeable developments in international trade law for 2019 which are likely to affect companies active internationally. According to CMKZ, 2019 will be dominated by tensions…

CMKZ 2018 International Trade Law Forecast

On February 26, 2018, Posted by , In International Analysis,

NAFTA | Trade Remedies | Asia-Pacific, Europe and South America | Progressive Trade | World Trade Organization | Economic sanctions | Tax | Mediation and International Arbitration The beginning of the year provides CMKZ with an opportunity to inform companies trading internationally of developments that may affect their activities and…

Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (CETA)

On September 21, 2017, Posted by , In International Analysis,

As announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) came into force on September 21, 2017. This statement should be clarified: its application will be partial, since the chapters on investment will be excluded and provisional pending European ratifications….

NAFTA Renegotiation: Giving the Floor to Exporters

On July 1, 2017, Posted by , In International Analysis,

The countdown begins. The Trump administration has just given the US Congress a 90-day notice indicating its intention to renegotiate NAFTA. The United States has only a few weeks left to consult and articulate a negotiating position. US Demands In its opinion to Congress, the United States Trade Representative Robert…

Contract Law Reform in France

On October 22, 2016, Posted by , In International Analysis,

With Ordinance No. 2016-131 of 10 February 2016, France has reformed the general scheme of obligations and evidence in the Civil Code which had remained unchanged since 1804. This historic reform is important. It applies to contracts governed by French law and concluded after 1 October 2016 between companies, between…

Commercial Mediation and Quebec’s New Code of Civil Procedure

On April 16, 2016, Posted by , In International Analysis,

On January 1, 2016, Québec’s new Code of Civil Procedure (NCCP) entered into force.  This important reform, the first of its kind since 2002, is intended to make justice more accessible, particularly by favouring private dispute prevention and resolution (DPR) processes such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration. The central role…

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