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Michael Woods Invited to Participate in APEC Policy Dialogue on Indigenous Economies

Posted by on Feb 25, 2021

The APEC Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Co-operation has invited Michael Woods to attend a policy dialogue on Understanding and Valuing Indigenous Economies within APEC.  APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is a 21- member intergovernmental forum dedicated to promoting economic growth, and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.  The purpose of the March 3, 2021, virtual conference is to  review the findings of an APEC report on Indigenous economies and how they can contribute to inclusive economic growth.  The objective is also to identify opportunities for future work by APEC on the role of governments in unlocking the potential of indigenous economies. New Zealand has lead the work on this initiative with Canada as one of the co-sponsoring nations.   Canada’s related case study can be found at this link – APEC case study on inclusive policies: Advancing Indigenous peoples’ economic interests through Canada’s trade agreements (international.gc.ca).  Through his work as founding member International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization (IITIO), Michael is active in promoting Indigenous trade.  He has served on Global Affairs Canada’s Indigenous Working Group (IWG) since its creation in...

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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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COVID-19 and the Risk of Foreign Investor Challenges

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020

Michael Woods was quoted in the September issue of the Canadian Bar Association’s online magazine, National, about concerns that the global COVID-19 pandemic might lead to investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) claims aimed at government measures put in place in response to the challenge. Michael has experience form both the government and investor perspective and has served as counsel in several ISDS cases pursuant to NAFTA Chapter 11 as wells as Foreign Investment Protection Agreements (FIPAs) and Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). Here is a link to the article:...

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