A Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

Key points The ministers responsible for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) of 11 countries have announced that the core elements of a Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership are agreed (CPTPP). While much of the original TPP looks to remain intact, 20 provisions of the TPP are suspended, in particular with respect to Investor–State Dispute … Read more

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 (see our articles: Australia and China conclude free trade agreement and Australia China FTA to be concluded … Read more

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 both English and Chinese for signature by the parties, after which the agreement will go … Read more

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 include: The inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Resolution mechanisms in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the … Read more

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 of these restrictions to listed Russian companies in the military and oil sectors; additional trade … Read more

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 in Ukraine, and Australia has announced its list of Ukraine-related designated persons.  The EU has … Read more