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Global Affairs Canada – Indigenous Working Group

Posted by on Dec 14, 2020

On December 11, 2020, Michael Woods participated in the most recent meeting of Global Affairs Canada’s Indigenous Working Group (IWG). As part of its commitment and inclusive approach to trade Global Affairs established the IWG in September 2017 in order to better engage with Indigenous Peoples and their representatives during the NAFTA renewal negotiations that lead to the Canada-U.S.-Mexica Agreement (CUSMA).  Michael participates in the IWG as a founding member of the International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization (IITIO)  [ Home – IITIO ; see also NAFTA Submission to Global Affairs Canada from IITIO – IITIO ] Post-CUSMA, the IWG has continued to engaged on Canada’s wider trade policy objectives and negotiations.  The December 11, session included  discussion of  on-going Canada-Mercosur FTA Negotiations, the Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement, WTO Negotiations on Investment Facilitation and E-Commerce, the Canada-European Union CETA Civil Society Forum, and an update on CUSMA implementation with a focus on the SME and Competitiveness Committees. For more about the IWG and Global Affairs Canada’s ongoing program of  engagement with Indigenous Peoples on International Trade see –  International Trade Agreements and Indigenous Peoples: The Canadian...

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CETA – Third Annual Civil Society Forum

Posted by on Dec 10, 2020

Michael Woods was honoured to be invited to participate in the third edition of the  Civil Society Forum, established under the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The event was held on December 8th and 9th.  The Civil Society Forum (CSF) is a joint initiative of the Government of Canada and the European Union that  provides an opportunity for important dialogue and exchange of views between Canadian and EU representatives from employers, unions, labour and business organizations, environmental groups, Indigenous organizations, and other civil society organizations.  Participants also have the opportunity to present views to officials of the Government of Canada and the European Commission, on CETA implementation relating to the Trade and Sustainable Development (Chapter 22 of the Agreement), Trade and Labour (Chapter 23), and Trade and Environment (Chapter 24) as well as on matters relating to Trade and Gender, SMEs and Trade, Climate Action and the Paris Agreement, Indigenous trade, and other inclusive trade related issues. The two-day event was held virtually due to COVID-19 concerns and included  a special focus on sustainable development.  See this link to the agenda – 2020 Canada-EU CETA Civil Society Forum Programme (international.gc.ca).  Michael also attended the second Civil Society Forum which Canada hosted in Ottawa in November 2019. See this link to the final report –...

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China and the CPTPP – Comments by Michael Woods

Posted by on Dec 2, 2020

At the recent  virtual APEC Summit, Chinese President  Xi Jinping reiterated openness in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) [Xi says China will consider joining TPP – Nikkei Asia]. To many, this underlined China’s aspirations to play a larger economic role – both in the Asia- Pacific region as well as globally. Michael Woods was interviewed on the subject by the South China Morning Post earlier this year [ Michael Woods quoted in South China Morning Post on China and the CPTPP (wl-tradelaw.com)]. He has also written on the subject in the context of the future of global trade and bi-lateral China-U.S. relations in Slaw.  Michael is a regular contributor to Canada’s online legal magazine, which is considered essential daily reading by many in the Canadian legal community [http://www.slaw.ca/].   In his October 2020 article , he drew on psychologist Christopher Peterson’s analysis of the concept to address the Two 800-Pound Gorillas? –...

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Woods, LaFortune LLP to Attend CETA Civil Society Forum

Posted by on Nov 6, 2019

Woods, LaFortune LLP has been invited  by the Trade Agreements Secretariat at Global Affairs Canada to participate in the Civil Society Forum on Trade and Sustainable Development under the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Michael Woods will attend on behalf of the firm. The event is to take place in Ottawa on November 12, 2019. The Forum is facilitated jointly by the Government of Canada and the European Union and include representatives from employers, unions, labour and business organizations, environmental groups, Indigenous organizations, and other relevant civil society organizations, to exchange with one another, with members of the EU civil society, as well as officials of the Government of Canada and the European Commission, on matters related to the implementation of the CETA with regards to Trade and Sustainable Development, Trade and Labour and Trade and Environment. This will be  the second edition of the Forum – the first Civil Society Forum on Trade and Sustainable Development under CETA took place in September 2018, in Brussels,...

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Michael Woods Speaks at IITIO Conference – “The Indigenous Chapter is Very Much Alive.”

Posted by on Jun 7, 2019

Michael Woods joined the head of the Government of Canada’s Trade Law Bureau, Robert Brookfield, Professor Lindsay Robertson of the University of Oklahoma and Professor James Hopkins of the University of Arizona  on a panel to discuss the Indigenous elements in the Canada United States Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) and the consultative process between the Government of Canada and Canada’s Indigenous communities during the NAFTA renegotiations which were launched in 2017.  This was the 7th International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization (IITIO) trade conference and it was held at the University of Oklahoma Faculty of Law.  Michael has served on IITIO’s executive since its founding in 2015 [https://iitio.org/ ] Michael and has colleagues on the panel discussed the details of the new agreement, “the threads of (Indigenous objectives) running through it,” as well as the future of inter- tribal trade. For more details see:...

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