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International: World Trade Organization Addresses Trade Disputes between Major Trading Powers, Future of Global Trade Governance

(Oct. 19, 2020) In September 2020, at the World Knowledge Forum, an event aimed at “highlighting the importance of knowledge sharing towards a balanced prosperity of the global economy,” Deputy Director-General (DDG) Alan Wolff of the World Trade Organization (WTO) addressed the topics of trade disputes between major trading powers and the future of global […]

World Intellectual Property Organization: WIPO Launches Free Database of Judicial Decisions on IP Law

(Oct. 7, 2020) On September 24, 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced the launching of WIPO Lex-Judgments, a free database that provides access to judicial decisions on IP law from around the world. The project started with over 400 documents from Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, the Republic of […]

International Labor Organization: Child Labor Convention Ratified by All ILO Member States, a First in ILO History

(Oct. 1, 2020) On August 4, 2020, the International Labor Organization (ILO) announced that Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour had been ratified by all countries that are parties to the ILO, marking the first time in the organization’s history that all member states have ratified a labor convention. Convention No. […]

United Nations: Agencies Urge Members Countries to Allow Crew Changes by Seafarers Stuck on Ships during Pandemic

(Sept. 30, 2020) On September 11, 2020, a number of United Nations (UN) agencies issued a joint statement asking all UN member countries to take urgent measures in order to allow crew changes of seafarers’ crews aboard shipping and fishing vessels notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement explains that such changes are long overdue, as […]

International: World Intellectual Property Organization Announces Service Providing Evidence of Intellectual Assets’ Authorship

(July 1, 2020) On May 27, 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced a new service called WIPO PROOF, which reportedly provides evidence of the existence of digital files in any format at a point in time in order to document their authorship. According to WIPO, because creative activities are increasingly digital, global, and […]

European Union: Council Adopts Temporary European Instrument “SURE” to Help Protect Jobs amid COVID-19 Pandemic

(June 16, 2020) On May 19, 2020, the Council of the European Union (Council) adopted “SURE,” a regulation establishing a European instrument to provide temporary financial support to mitigate unemployment risks caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under SURE, the European Union (EU) will temporarily provide loans not exceeding 100 billion euros (€) (about US$113.5 billion) […]

European Union: Court of Justice Rules against Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary for Noncompliance with Migrant Relocation Obligations

(June 5, 2020) On April 2, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) in Luxembourg issued a judgment in Joined Cases C-715/17, C-718/17 and C-719/17, European Commission v. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, finding these three countries in noncompliance with the temporary mechanism for the relocation of applicants for international protection […]

European Union: Commission Adopts Second Amendment to Temporary Framework for State Aid Measures to Support Member States’ Economies during COVID-19 Outbreak

(June 3, 2020) On May 8, 2020, the European Commission adopted a second amendment to extend the scope of the Temporary Framework for State Aid Measures to include recapitalization measures and subordinated debt. The Temporary Framework was first adopted on March 19, 2020, allowing a variety of state aid measures otherwise incompatible with European Union […]

European Union: Commission Proposes Temporary European Instrument (SURE) to Help Protect Jobs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

(Apr. 24, 2020) On April 2, 2020, the European Commission (Commission) published a proposal for a regulation on the establishment of a temporary instrument for “support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency” (SURE) following the COVID-19 outbreak. The proposal, which has its legal basis in article 122 of the Treaty on the Functioning of […]

International: World Intellectual Property Organization Announces 2019 as “Best” Year for Intellectual Property Services, Treaties, and Finances

(Apr. 15, 2020) Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released its 2019 statistics, recording 2019 as its best year for intellectual property (IP) services, treaties, and finances since WIPO’s creation in 1967. It also announced that in 2019, China surpassed the United States as the top filer of international patents—the first time any […]