ICJ will hold hearings, opening on December 18, to consider Uruguay’s request for the indication of provisional measures in the case of Uruguay v. Argentina. Uruguay requests that the Court order Argentina to â€œtake all reasonable and appropriate steps at its disposal to prevent or end the interruption of transit between Uruguay and Argentina, including the blockading of bridges and roads between the two States.â€ Uruguay states that it will withdraw the request if Argentina ends its current blockade and makes efforts to prevent future blockades.
The TPR Report examined and evaluated Colombiaâ€™s trade and related policies, concluding that there has been steady economic growth since 1996. Non-tariff barriers to trade have been reduced and several economic reforms have taken place, particularly in services. However, the Report notes that further reforms in practices related to customs, import licensing, local content requirements, internal taxes and the regulation of certain services, are needed to consolidate and broaden these gains.
For further information and access to the Report: http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tpr_e/tp273_e.htm
On November 16, Advocate General Mengozzi delivered his opinion in the case Commission v. Netherlands, which will be decided by the European Court of Justice. The case involves the Netherlands’ conclusion of a bilateral agreement for â€œopen skiesâ€ with the United States of America. According to the advocate general, by concluding and applying this agreement, the Netherlands has violated several obligations under the law of the European Union. For more information see here.
In response to the strategic decision to expand the US-Indian partnership, both houses of Congress have been working to pass legislation that will facilitate the export of nuclear materials, equipment, and technology to India. Though the bill is now on the calendar several amendments are still pending.
House Bill H.R. 5682 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.+5682:
Senate Bill S.3709 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:S.+3709:
After a federal district court issued a confirmation judgment of an international arbitratorâ€™s award under the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, the Third Circuit denied a motion made under Article V of the Convention to adjourn enforcement of the award, and altered the judgment to more closely adhere to the initial arbitration award.
See Admart v. Birch, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 24460 (September 28, 2006).
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced a new agreement that will improve coordination between prosecutors in the United States and prosecutors in E.U. member states by allowing them to strategize together on cases and by enhancing the exchange of evidence.