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    CCJ to hold first hearing of a request for an Advisory Opinion

    According to a media advisory released by the Caribbean Court of Justice, the Court will convene a hearing for further directions in an Advisory Opinion being sought by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The two-day hearing will take place on October 22-23, 2019. The Advisory Opinion request concerns whether a Member State can, pursuant to Article 27(4) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, lawfully opt-out of a decision of the Conference of the Heads of Government taken under Article 46(4) concerning the expansion of classes of persons entitled to work and move freely in the Community and whether the nationals of…

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    Reform WTO and resist protectionism, say Commonwealth trade ministers

    Trade ministers from across the Commonwealth today made a commitment to resist all forms of protectionism, and to work urgently together towards reforming the World Trade Organisation, which sets the global rules for international trade. Following a meeting in London, ministers from the 53 Commonwealth member countries declared their collective support for free trade in a transparent, inclusive, fair and open multilateral trading system, with the WTO as its core institution. They agreed that any WTO reform should take into account the views of all members, underlining the special circumstances of the developing and the least developed countries, as well…

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    WTO World Trade Report 2019 Launched

    The 2019 edition of the WTO’s World Trade Report highlights that services have become the most dynamic component of international trade and that its role will continue to expand in the coming decades. It stresses the need to enhance cooperation in the international community to support this expansion. The report was launched during the WTO Public Forum on 9 October 2019 by Director-General Roberto Azevêdo. Read more here

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    Regional Officials to attend CARICOM Forum on International Investment Agreements

     (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Investment officials from CARICOM Member States will come together for the CARICOM Forum on International Investment Agreements from 30 September to 2 October 2019 in Barbados. They will examine reform of international investment agreements (IIAs) including investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Recognising the importance the Caribbean Community attaches to foreign investment that promotes sustainable development, the Forum seeks to better position CARICOM countries to engage on re-design of the international investment regime in a way that contributes to their sustainable development. The meeting will provide training and a platform for strategic discussion. Sessions will…

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    Assessing the Impact of Barbados’ Proposed Data Protection Bill on the Barbadian Private Sector

    By: Dean C. Forbes, Gabrielle Whitehall and Jan Yves N. Remy Today, more than 120 countries have privacy and data protection laws or regulations in place. Many of the new or modernized laws tend to be based on comprehensive legislation, rather than sectoral rules, as data needs to move across industry groups and borders. With its new data protection bill, Barbados is planning to join the ranks; this is a significant move, and it is one fueled at least in part by the entry into force of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) on May 25, 2018. The…

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    First CARICOM-India Summit to be held Wednesday

    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque anticipates that diplomatic political cooperation between the Community and India will deepen when the two sides meet on September 25th in New York. Heads of Government of CARICOM will have discussions with Honourable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, in the first CARICOM-India Summit which will be held on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. CARICOM-India rationalises cooperation through a Joint Commission which was established by Foreign Ministers of the two parties. The Commission promotes and develops closer relations between the parties in political, economic, environmental, health, scientific, and…

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    Rough Seas or Smooth Sailing for UK-CARIFORUM Relations in No-Deal Brexit?

    By: Nia Marshall A new Prime Minister is usually synonymous with new beginnings – setting clear economic and social objectives, and then creating a plan for achieving them. But ever since 2016, United Kingdom (UK) politics has been consumed largely with Brexit, leaving little policy space for other issues. Past Prime Minister Theresa May had an ambitious policy agenda that was overtaken by Brexit. Her mantra “Brexit means Brexit” was a misnomer because it failed to capture the complexities of detangling forty-five years of close ties to the European Union (EU). Prime Minister May’s departure created an opportunity for the…

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    Where Trade and Health Intersect: Front-of-Package Labelling in the Caribbean as a Case Study

    By Dr. Arthur Phillips and Dr. Jan Yves Remy Oftentimes, in public discourse, trade and health are presented as opposing factions competing for governments’ attention and priority. Those who ardently believe in the right of governments to protect the well-being of their citizenry often see trade rules that promote the dismantling of barriers to trade as being antagonistic to health objectives.  Likewise, trade officials often find the concerns raised by health aficionados as irritants to the promotion of liberalization goals. That “divide” has played out in the context of disputes between countries at the World Trade Organization.  For instance, cases…

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    Barbados PM delivers UNCTAD Raul Prebisch Lecture

    Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, was the featured speaker at the 16th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Raúl Prebisch Lecture at its European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on September 10, 2019. Prime Minister Mottley’s lecture was entitled “Invisible Yet Indispensable” and may be watched below:

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    CCJ Develops Manual for Original Jurisdiction Referral

    Port of Spain, Trinidad. Port of Spain, Trinidad. The Caribbean Court Justice (CCJ) and the CCJ Academy for Law earlier today, hosted a working meeting at the CCJ’s Headquarters to review and finalize a draft Manual on the CCJ’s Original Jurisdiction Referral Process. Article 214 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and Article XIV of The Agreement Establishing the CCJ provides for Treaty-related issues to be referred to the Court under its Original Jurisdiction.  However, since the Court’s establishment in 2005, this avenue for legal redress has never been utilised. As a result, the CCJ has resolved to develop a…

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