International Trade

WTO/GATT Research
By Jeanne Rehberg. This is a guide to researching the former GATT system and the WTO.

Nafta Research
By Jeanne Rehberg
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Antitrust Encyclopedia
This free encyclopedia will give you access to more than 3,000 short articles on 30 national competition laws in Europe, with antitrust provisions and case law.

Bilateral Investment Treaties
The BITs search engine has been designed to provide a user-friendly way to retrieve either:
* all available BITs signed by one country
* a specific BIT between two countries

Guide to International Trade Law Sources on the Internet
By Marci Hoffman

TransLex is a comprehensive codification and research platform for transnational business law. Designed by Center for Transnational Law and Institut für Bankrecht.

CISG Online
The CISG Online Project is maintained by the Law Faculty of the University of Basel. It provides the status of convention, text, articles, cases, bibliographic references, and German case law on the U. N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).

Encyclopaedia of International Commercial Litigation
This loose-leaf work provides an overview of commercial litigation procedure and its judges and practitioners in the courts of the important commercial countries throughout the world. The basic work includes sections on Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China (PRC), Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England and Wales, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, and Vietnam. Subsequent supplements will update current material and introduce several new sections, including East European, Far Eastern, and South American jurisdictions, and new material on limitation.

Each section gives a general account of the structure of the courts and their jurisdictions, civil litigation procedures in each country concerned, the local legal profession, local specialist areas and charges, and the local judiciary. The section then traces in detail each country's procedural steps for typical kinds of commercial litigation, such as claims for breach of sale of goods contracts, claims for damages under charter parties, claims relating to bank deposits, claims to enforce foreign judgements and arbitration awards, admiralty claims, and claims for breach of copyright and trademarks. The uniform subject matter of the different national sections permits ease of same-claim comparisons between different jurisdictions.

EU Trade and Bilateral Trade Relations

GATT Digital Library 1947-1994
This site provides access to documents and information of and about the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), an organization that promoted international commerce and the reduction of trade barriers among member states from 1947 through 1994. This digital library was created in a partnership between the Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The Integrated Database of Trade Disputes for Latin America and the Caribbean
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has launched a new online database on regional trade disputes. The Integrated Database of Trade Disputes for Latin America and the Caribbean provides access to full information and documentation on trade dispute process, from initial filing to final enactment. It includes WTO, MERCOSUR, NAFTA, CARICOM, Andean Community, CACM and provides an option for an integrated search. The database is also available in Spanish.

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
See cases for more information.

International Trade Database (Pace University): International Sale of Goods
CISG-UN Conventions on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

International Trade Law Monitor: Lex Mercatoria
Contains European Information Sources, International Chamber of Commerce, NAFTA, UN UNCITRAL, UNCTAD, WIPO, GATT/WTO/World Bank, International Trade Conventions, Dispute Settlement, Carriage of Goods, Customs, Interpretation of Legal Texts, Jurisdiction and Enforcement, Lex Mercatoria, Negotiable Instruments, Protection of Intellectual Property, Trade Marks, treaties related to Greater Freedom of Trade or Economic Union.

IBFD Online Publications
IP access. Tax Treaties Database, European VAT Database, Africa and the Middle East, Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, journals, Tax News Service, Tax Treaty Case Law. Fee-based database.

International Arbitration Case Law (IACL) is a private, not-for-profit academic endeavour in partnership with the School of International Arbitration (SIA), Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. Its aims is to disseminate the practice of law related to international arbitration. Its objective is to summarize, edit, and coordinate the publication of decisions rendered by arbitral tribunals and international tribunals in matters of international arbitration and related legal issues; at the early stage of this project the main focus will be on international investment arbitration. This academic project also seeks to eliminate language barriers and to facilitate access to the content of decisions of national and international tribunals in various languages. The participation and commitment of all those who have become involved make possible the two main features that distinguish International Arbitration Case Law (IACL): its free access and its linguistic diversity.

International Investment Arbitration and Public Policy
The site offers open access to research and data on international investment arbitration. This form of international arbitration has become a matter of public debate and research interest as more countries have been sued, especially in the developing world, by companies under investment treaties. The site offers access to a database of known arbitration cases decided under investment treaties organization of investment arbitration cases by policy area (e.g. agriculture, environmental protection, taxation) and to a compilation of the appointment records of individual arbitrators who have sat in investment arbitration cases and more information and commentary on the system of international investment arbitration. The data provides important insights into the system. The site is open access and non-commercial. The website is produced by researchers based at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) The World Business Organization

Internet Resources for Latin America
Guides to information resources for Latin American studies, links to major web directories, fee based databases, search engines, etc.

Kluwer International Arbitration
Click on the Julius link; go to International Business; click Kluwer Law International; click subscribers.

NAFTA Secretariat
Contains dispute settlement rules and provisions, NAFTA and FTA Decisions & Reports as well as Extraordinary Challenge Committees' decisions reviewing Chapter 19 bi-national panel decisions emanated from the US For more information see the US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, and Market Access and Compliance.

NAFTA Home Page
Comprised of the US Department of Commerce and International Trade Administration. The site also includes information on the the US Department of Agriculture Home Page, NAFTA Information Resources, National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, Organization of American States-Trade Unit for Chapter 19 Decisions (see FTAA). To check current the status of NAFTA, search Congressional Record and Federal Register for proclamations, regulations, and administrative actions of Commerce Department's International Trade Administration, the US Trade Representative, and the US International Trade Commission.

The site for the Organization of American States Home Page and Organization of American States-Trade Unit for FTAA documents, NAFTA Dispute Settlement, Investment Treaties.

National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade
The Inter-American Database has various projects which serve to identify and eliminate the structural legal obstacles to free trade through the harmonization of commercial laws and practice and the standardization of legal documentation. The Center has undertaken work in the following substantive areas: Banking, Environment, Intellectual Property, Labor, Secured Financing, Securities, and Transportation. Also includes selected English Translations of Mexican Laws. IP access.

The online publications portal of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, includes monographs, reports, selected periodicals, and the OECD statistical databases. A major source for full-text articles on taxation, statistics, and economic trends. Information is available to university’s users. Look also under OECD Free Online Publications and Documents. The portal includes 20 studies by themes, containing all monographs and reports; 24 periodicals online; some reference titles online; and the OECD statistical databases online. Major source for full-text articles on taxation, books, statistics, and economic trends.

Trade Law Guide
TradeLawGuide enables you to utilize a methodical approach when researching WTO jurisprudence and provides an efficient means to improve the comprehensiveness of your research: An innovative index that serves as a gateway to the specific provisions of WTO agreements and instruments and other subject matter; Article Citator (Pinpoint access to WTO jurisprudence relevant to a provision without having it filtered through annotations); Jurisprudence Citators (Ascertain the status of passages in WTO jurisprudence and “note up” passages in a methodical and efficient manner); Interpretation Review provisions and jurisprudence encompassing the rules of treaty interpretation applicable to the WTO agreements and instruments; Terms & Phrases; Assess DSB minutes relevant to jurisprudence you are researching; Determine whether pending jurisprudence may address WTO provisions you are researching; Advanced full text search of document collection; Fully annotated texts of five principal WTO agreements that have been the subject of extensive dispute settlement activity; Negotiating History (Download and sort Uruguay Round negotiating documents). IP access. Go to the catalog (Julius) and search for it.

At the Center for Transnational Law (CENTRAL) at the University of Cologne, Germany. A free research and codification platform for transnational law.

International case law and bibliography on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and on the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts – two of the most important international instruments for the regulation of international commercial transactions.

USA Trade Online
STAT-USA and the Foreign Trade Division of the US Census Bureau. You can find specific US export and import information on more than 18,000 commodities world wide. A password is required.

Trade Compliance Center (TCC)
Contains more than 200 USA trade agreements. See also Market Access and Compliance (MAC On-Line), formerly the Global Export Market Information System (GEMS). Provides US companies with the fullest range of information on accessing foreign markets.

World Trade Online
Inside USA Trade. A fee-based database providing expanded access to trade-related news from centers around the world. The library doesn't have a subscription. See the library's collection policy. Dispute Settlement Commentary Service
It is a comprehensive research tool for WTO Panel and Appellate Body Reports and WTO Arbitrations. The service is available on an annual subscription basis. IP access.

World Trade Organization and WTO Tariff Schedules
Information available by country and chapters. To learn more about the organization and its documentation system, please follow this Training Package prepared by WTO. See US Briefs Filed in WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings - Concluded. See also GATT documents in pdf.

World Chambers Network
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Index, created and maintained by WCN is offered as a service of the World Chambers Network. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Index is designed to strengthen the global chamber of commerce movement, by presenting the scope and strength of this global business resource to the world business community.

A Guide to the Harmonization of International Commercial Law by Duncan Alford
International Investment Law Research Guide at Georgetown University

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