Author Archives : Bernard Colas

Sanctions: a too popular “weapon” that disrupts the life of companies

On 5 octubre, 2020, Posted by , In Análisis Internacional,

The proliferation of trade sanctions and other trade-restrictive measures is a headache for businesses. States are resorting to it more and more: let us think of American sanctions toward China, European sanctions toward Russia, or even Japanese sanctions toward South Korea. For each sanction, a countersanction: for example, to the…

US companies doing business in Europe can no longer rely on the EU-US framework on privacy

US companies doing business in Europe can no longer rely on the EU-US Privacy Shield for transferring their European users’ data to the United States. The EU-US Privacy Shield, adopted in 2016, was a framework meant to regulate personal data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the United States…

WTO Interim Appeal Arrangement: Enhancing the International Trading System

On 12 mayo, 2020, Posted by , In Análisis Internacional,

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 10 febrero, 2020, Posted by , In Análisis Internacional,

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 6 febrero, 2020, Posted by , In Análisis Internacional,

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 4 febrero, 2020, Posted by , In Análisis Internacional,

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 12 febrero, 2019, Posted by , In Análisis Internacional,

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 2019 International Trade Law Forecast

On 12 febrero, 2019, Posted by , In Análisis Internacional,

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…

Commercial Mediation and Quebec’s New Code of Civil Procedure

On 23 abril, 2016, Posted by , In Análisis Internacional,

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…

Canada and International Trade: Reinvest the WTO and respond to the major issues

On 3 abril, 2016, Posted by ,

Invited to testify before the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 on the perspectives of Canada in connection with international trade agreements, Bernard Colas stated in his introductory statement that Canada should: Reinvest in the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Address major…

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