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Gary Sampson

About Gary Sampson

Gary Sampson is Professor of International Trade at the Melbourne School of Business, former Director at the GATT and WTO, and Senior Counsellor to the Director General.

US/China trade war blunted by WTO rules

Preventing trade wars is a key function of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rule-based system. But as the United States (U.S.) and China wage the largest trade war in history, the WTO finds itself on the sidelines unable to stop … Continue reading

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Trade reform for agriculture cannot wait

The scramble among nations to increase self-sufficiency and re-jig agriculture supply lines in the Covid-19 environment, together with increasing protectionism, points to an urgent need for Australia, together with regional partners, to rethink the legal structure that underpins this sector … Continue reading

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Rocky Road as the UK and EU prepare to navigate through the WTO. Part 2

According to a Report of the House of Lords on various BREXIT outcomes: “Trading with the EU under WTO rules alone would be the most disruptive option … this optis therefore unattractive for UK-EU trade in goods and in services.”

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BREXIT and the WTO

According to a report of the House of Lords on various BREXIT outcomes: “Trading with the EU under WTO rules alone would be the most disruptive option … this option is therefore unattractive for UK-EU trade in goods and in … Continue reading

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GARY SAMPSON. Australia joins group to overcome US blockage of WTO dispute settlement process

In the post Covid-19 world, with global trade in total disarray and predicted to fall by up to 32 per cent next year, Australia has never had a more pressing need of a strong rules-based trading system.

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GARY SAMPSON. Covid-19 and Tensions in the World Trading System

A collective G20 response to emerging trade tensions in the production and trade of medical products is critical to avoiding politically appealing but self-defeating trade policies.

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GARY P SAMPSON. BREXIT: A Pandora’s Box awaits the UK at the WTO

Whether the U.K. crashes out from the E.U. or retains some residual connections with the Customs Union it will need to negotiate ab initio  its position as an independent, free-standing member of the WTO. Indeed the U.K. is placing much … Continue reading

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