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Gordon LaFortune and Michael Woods Join Slaw.ca as Columnists

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018

Michael Woods and Gordon LaFortune of the Ottawa and Montreal-based international trade law firm, Woods, LaFortune LLP, are pleased to announce that they will be writing a new column for Canada’s online legal magazine Slaw.ca. Starting this Monday, February 18th, Gordon and Michael will offer bi-monthly contributions on such matters of interest as the ongoing NAFTA re-negotiations, Canada’s new trade agreements (e.g. CETA, CPTPP), current WTO cases, and latest developments in trade remedies, import and export controls, and economic sanctions. Founded in 2005, Slaw is Canada’s largest co-operative legal publication attracting more than a million readers each year.  Slaw’s team consists of twenty weekly bloggers and more than sixty columnists who have collectively published more than 15,000 daily entries about law and its practice. Contributors hail from across the country and around the world. Slaw’s audience is primarily lawyers, law librarians, and others working in or studying law; and the site’s aim is to “share knowledge, offer advice and instruction, and occasionally provoke.” Woods, LaFortune LLP is a trade law boutique that advises a global client base on the full range of international trade and investment...

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Michael Woods Attends Round Six of NAFTA Negotiations in Montreal

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018

Participating on behalf of client stakeholders and as a member of part Global Affairs Canada Indigenous Working Group, Michael Woods attended Round Six of the NAFTA negotiation in Montreal January 22-29.  During the week in Montreal, Michael had the opportunity to meet and exchange views with Canadian negotiators, the many other stakeholders in attendance, and members of the media [see photo of Michael and Don Newman].  On January 27, Michael attended a Canadian American Business Council (CABC) lunch where he met members of a senior delegation of the U.S. Congressional Ways and Means subcommittee on Trade.  The delegation was in Montreal to meet Canadian and Mexican officials and to get an in-person sense of the status of the negotiations [photo].  Led by Subcommittee Chair Dave Reichert (R-Washington), the delegation included Representatives Adrian Smith (R-Nebraska), Tom Rice (R-S. Carolina), Mike Bishop (R-Michigan), Will Hurd (R-Texas), Patrick Meehan (R-Pennsylvania), Bill Pascrell (D-New Jersey), Sander Levin (D-Michigan), Suzan DelBene (D-Washington), Terri Sewell (D-Alabama), and Brian Higgins (D-New...

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TPP and the Evolution of Investor Rights

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015

Michael Woods of Woods, LaFortune LLP recently teamed up with  Josh Scheinert, a Toronto-based  lawyer who specializes in international investment and human rights law, on a two part series  on the TPP and the Evolution of Investor Rights. Ghislaine Murango, a third year law student at the University of Ottawa (Civil Law Faculty) and intern with Woods, LaFortune LLP, also assisted on the article.  See: http://www.nationalmagazine.ca/Blog/December-2015/TPP-and-the-evolution-of-investor-rights,-part-II.aspx http://www.nationalmagazine.ca/Blog/December-2015/The-evolution-of-investor-rights,-part-I.aspx...

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Catherine Walsh joins the CCIL Board of Directors

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015

Catherine Walsh, counsel to Woods, LaFortune LLP, has recently been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL). CCIL was established in 1972 in order to promote the co-operative study and analysis of international legal problems by scholars in universities and by professionals in government service and private practice. Catherine is honored to be serving among some of international trade’s leading legal practitioners and looks forward to getting involved. For more information on CCIL, please...

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