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...

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Canada Should Revisit Safeguard Measures on Stainless Steel Wire

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019

The Minister of Finance should reconsider the decision to impose safeguard measures on imports of stainless steel wire because the recent agreement between Canada and the U.S. to remove their respective duties on each other’s steel, calls into question the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s (CITT) threat of injury finding against stainless steel wire imports which underpins the Minister’s decision. On May 10, 2019, the Minister imposed safeguard measures on imports of stainless steel wire...

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Steel Safeguards: CITT Announces a Product Exclusion Process for Stainless Steel Wire and Heavy Plate

Posted by on May 17, 2019

On May 16, 2019, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) announced that it was initiating a Product Exclusion Review to determine whether any imports of stainless steel wire or heavy plate should be excluded from safeguard measures imposed on imports of these products. Although the CITT will only grant product exclusions in extraordinary circumstances, any interested party that imports or wants to import stainless steel wire or heavy plate into Canada from countries now...

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Canada’s Announced Support for its Steel Producers will hurt Canadian Steel Importers, Manufacturers and End-Users

Posted by on May 10, 2019

Canadian steel importers, and manufacturers and end-users who use imported steel, will be affected by the Government’s latest moves to support Canada’s steel producers because the Government’s actions promise to restrict steel imports and to increase their cost to the detriment of importers, manufacturers and end-users. On April 3, 2019, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) concluded its safeguard inquiry into seven steel products, finding that imports of heavy plate and stainless steel wire...

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Global Perspective on U.S.-China Trade Talks

Posted by on May 7, 2019

Michael Woods was interviewed for an article by U. S. based Corporate Counsel regarding the ongoing U.S. – China trade talks. His comments on the wider implications of the “heavyweight” battle can be seen at this link:...

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Michael Woods Interviewed on the Special Challenges Faced by Trade Negotiators

Posted by on May 2, 2019

Recently Michael Woods was interviewed by the South China Morning Post and asked about the complexities of international trade negotiations in the light of his own GATT and WTO experience.  He was quoted on his experience early in the China GATT/WTO Accession talks. The article is freely available at:...

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Steel Safeguards: The First Test of Canada’s Membership in the Alliance for Multilateralism

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019

The Government’s response to the Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s (“CITT”) decision in Steel Safeguards will be Canada’s first test as a new member of the France – Germany coalition to support international cooperation and a rules-based world trading system.  Will Canada support international trade rules or will it give in to pressure from the Canada Steel Producers Association (“CSPA”) and impose safeguard measures on imported steel products in violation of those rules? On April...

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Considering International Trade Law – Indigenous Perspectives & Possibilities – March 19th at the University of Ottawa

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019

Michael Woods is scheduled to participate on a panel discussion on Indigenous perspectives and international trade law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law on March 19, 2019. His participation reflects his ongoing involvement in the field as a member of the executive of the International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization (IITIO) and the Global Affairs Canada Indigenous Working Group which advised the Government on Canada’s international trade agenda.  Michael will be joined...

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New Term for Michael Woods on Algonquin College’s Program Advisory Committee

Posted by on Feb 15, 2019

Michael Woods’ appointment to the Ottawa-based Algonquin College’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC) on  International Business Management has been renewed and he looks forward to serving another two-year term.  He was originally named to the PAC  in 2016. The committee includes leaders from the international trade community, government, academia, and the private sector who advise the College’s faculty designing and defining the continuing development of the College’s International Business Management Programs.  Michael attended the most...

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NAFTA is dead! Long live NAFTA!

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018

Jean-Marc Clément, LL.L. – Counsel – Woods, LaFortune LPP Contact: e-mail – clement@wl-tradelaw.com; phone – 1-514-570-6144 NAFTA Redo – Trade Lawyer’s View The purpose of this article is not to paint a detailed picture of NAFTA but rather share a Canadian trade lawyer’s perspective on the evolution of a 25 year-old agreement that was recently modernized for the 21st Century. NAFTA resuscitation It’s fair to say that NAFTA received very little attention over the...

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