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A step towards finalising the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: what does this mean for businesses?

As discussed in our blog post here, the TPP is a major free trade agreement between twelve countries in the Asia Pacific and the Americas that has been under negotiation for over four years. These twelve countries are the USA; … Continue reading

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China-Australia Free Trade Agreement signed

Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb and Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng today signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in Canberra, following the signing of a Declaration of Intent in November 2014 during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Australia … Continue reading

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Leaked Investment Chapter of the TPP: broad similarities to the US Model BIT, a nod to the ongoing debate and some outstanding issues

On 25 March the 20 January 2015 working draft of the Investment Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was posted on Wikileaks. (There may be later drafts not yet publicly available, but this is the best guide yet to what … Continue reading

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Australia and China conclude free trade agreement

On 17 November 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that Australia and China had concluded a free trade agreement that has been under negotiation since April 2005. The agreement will now be prepared in … Continue reading

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Developments in resolving cross-border disputes

With the increase of global commerce, it also becomes increasingly important to provide for effective and quick dispute resolution mechanisms across state borders. A number of developments in international law recognise this trend and seek to address it. These developments … Continue reading

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EU publishes legislation expanding sectoral sanctions against Russia

The EU has today published new legislation expanding its existing sanctions against Russia.  This briefing provides an overview of the new measures, namely: an expansion of the restrictions on dealing in transferable securities issued by listed Russian banks; the application … Continue reading

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Sanctions Update: EU and US introduce further sanctions in response to the situation in Ukraine; EU amends sanctions against Libya, Central African Republic and Syria

Herbert Smith Freehills has published its latest Sanctions Update e-bulletin, on the latest developments in sanctions regimes in Ukraine, Libya, Central African Republic and Syria. Both the EU and US have introduced limited additional sanctions in light of the current situation … Continue reading

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ICJ orders provisional measures in proceedings between East Timor and Australia

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has handed down its decision in respect of provisional measures sought by East Timor in a pending case before the Court. The principal claim relates to documents and data seized by the Australian Security … Continue reading

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ICJ hears submissions from East Timor and Australia on provisional measures in pending case relating to seizure of documents from office of Australian lawyer

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has heard submissions from Australia and East Timor on provisional measures sought by East Timor in proceedings relating to documents seized by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) from the office of an Australian … Continue reading

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East Timor institutes proceedings against Australia in relation to documents seized from office of Australian lawyer

On 17 December 2013, East Timor instituted proceedings against Australia in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in relation to documents seized by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) from the office of an Australian lawyer representing East Timor in … Continue reading

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