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    World Trade Organization, front and center: A Q&A with Professor Mark Wu

    April 27, 2016

    Mark Wu ’96, an assistant professor at HLS who specializes in international economics and trade law, and lead organizer of the decennial academic conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the most pressing issues affecting trade and the WTO, and how he sees the future of trade policy.

  • World Trade Organization, front and center

    April 26, 2016

    ...This week, Harvard Law School (HLS) will host the decennial academic conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), bringing together scholars, government officials, legal practitioners, and representatives from around the world to discuss the present challenges facing the WTO and the future of trade. The WTO, which began in 1995, oversees the crafting and implementation of multilateral trade agreements and rules, monitors their compliance, and resolves disputes among 162 countries. The lead organizer of the event, Mark Wu ’96, is an assistant professor at HLS who specializes in international economics and trade law. He spoke with the Gazette about the most pressing issues affecting trade and the WTO, and how he sees the future of trade policy.

  • TPP: trade-offs for health behind closed doors (subscription)

    March 6, 2016

    ...At the very least, the process can be made more transparent. Mark Wu, an assistant professor at Harvard University Law School who led US negotiations on intellectual property for several previous trade agreements, says: “There’s a concern by certain members of the public that their views aren’t being heard by the negotiators, but also a concern that they don’t have the necessary information to make informed choices about the trade-offs that affect American interests.” He suggests that the USA publicly releases more details about its negotiating objectives for each section, similar to the European Union; releases information about proposals under consideration as long as its negotiating partners agree; and provides more details about the economic models they review in their decision making.

  • TPP Auto ROO Most Likely To Hurt Makers Of Less Complex Parts: Experts (subscription)

    January 22, 2016

    The automotive rules of origin in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are most likely to hurt auto parts suppliers that are furthest removed from the finished vehicle or producers of materials that are less complex, easily shipped and face low-cost competition from Asia, according to industry, congressional and academic experts...U.S. steel producers are already facing a flood of imports, fueled largely by Chinese overcapacity. In addition, China over the past decade has emerged as a major supplier of auto parts to both the U.S. and Japan, and its share of those markets continues to grow for most products, according to data compiled by Harvard Law School Professor Mark Wu. China is the biggest supplier of brakes and wheels to the U.S. and Japan, and is also the largest supplier of auto body parts, airbags and miscellaneous parts to the Japanese market, the data show.

  • Obama TPP Push In SOTU; ITC Hearing; EU Commissioners Mull China NME

    January 15, 2016

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be at the center of a jam-packed week of trade action, with the president likely to make a push for congressional approval of the pact during his State of the Union address on Tuesday (Jan. 12) and the International Trade Commission slated to hold a three-day hearing on the agreement starting Wednesday...The latest installment will take place Monday and will examine TPP's impact on the automotive sector, with a focus on the automotive rules of origin. The format will differ from the previous forums in that Levin will testify rather than moderate, and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will also participate as a witness. The non-governmental witnesses are Mark Wu, a professor at the Harvard Law School and former intellectual property negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Josh Nassar of the United Auto Workers; and Bill Hickey, chief executive officer of Lapham-Hickey Steel.

  • The challenge of bringing renminbi clearing to New York

    December 7, 2015

    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing for a trading and clearing center in the United States for the renminbi, the Chinese currency, but experts say there are many hurdles before the American companies can trade and settle payments onshore...“Having a renminbi clearing hub in the U.S. will be more a symbolic, rather than economically significant, victory for China,” said Mark Wu, a law professor focusing on international trade at Harvard University. “Whether renminbi -denominated financial instruments will grow over time depends on the speed with which China undertakes more market-oriented reforms at home, not where clearing hubs for its currency are located globally,” Wu said.

  • Yas Banifatemi

    Tenacity Rewarded

    October 5, 2015

    The Yukos case—with its largest-ever arbitration award—was the culmination of Yas Banifatemi's career in international arbitration, which took root at Harvard.

  • Mark Wu

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the changing world of international trade: A Q&A with Mark Wu

    September 14, 2015

    Mark Wu, assistant professor of law at HLS, recently sat down to talk about his scholarship, which focuses on the rapidly changing world of international trade and international law, and to offer some comments about the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

  • President Ma of Taiwan visits HLS

    August 27, 2015

    On July 11, Harvard, for the first time in the century-long history of the Republic of China, welcomed a sitting president of Taiwan, hosting President Ma Ying-jeou S.J.D. ’81 for a nostalgic visit to his alma mater.

  • 6 team members together wearing white and black with pink lanyards

    Harvard Law’s WTO moot court team competes in global competition, for fourth straight year

    July 24, 2015

    For the fourth consecutive year, a team of students from Harvard Law School, advised by HLS Professor and international trade expert Mark Wu, has made the final rounds of the ELSA Moot Court Competition, a simulated hearing of the WTO dispute settlement system organized annually by the European Law Students’ Association.

  • Men and women speaking together at breakout tables

    Berkman initiative spotlights lessons from the Ebola outbreak

    July 16, 2015

    Global Access in Action (GAiA), an initiative of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, hosted a workshop on July 10 to explore lessons from the recent Ebola outbreak for improving future preparedness for public health crises.

  • US should not negotiate free trade behind closed doors (registration)

    May 27, 2015

    An op-ed by Mark Wu. Many Americans who think free trade can be good for them nevertheless doubt whether the same can be said for the international trade agreements that are actually being written, often in conditions of secrecy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement that the US is negotiating with 11 Pacific Rim countries, is a case in point. Beyond the few paragraphs on the White House website, most Americans have little idea what it contains. Even members of Congress have to go to a secure room in the basement to read the latest negotiating text...As a former trade negotiator, I know that so-called trade promotion authority and some degree of secrecy is vital for getting a deal done. But the current level of secrecy may be going too far. Instead of dismissing critics as misguided, the White House should strike a better balance between retaining flexibility for negotiators and keeping the public informed during the process.

  • HLS WTO moot court team wins North American regional competition

    March 27, 2015

    For the fourth year in a row, a team of Harvard Law School students won the North American regional moot court competition on WTO (World Trade Organization) law at the ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC²).

  • The Yukos settlement: an insider’s view into the largest arbitration award in history

    March 10, 2015

    In a Feb. 6 talk sponsored by International Legal Studies, the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association, and the International Law Journal, Emmanuel Gaillard and Yas Banifatemi LL.M. ’97, head of international arbitration and head of public international law, respectively, at Shearman & Sterling, detailed the intricate story behind securing the historic $50 billion award for the Yukos Oil Cooperative against the Russian Federation.

  • U.S. Companies Step Up Business Conducted in Yuan

    July 15, 2014

    American companies are conducting a record amount of business in Chinese yuan, looking to benefit from cost advantages over dollar transactions…"If China in the long run is interested in having the renminbi challenge the dollar as a reserve currency, given the size of the U.S. economy, U.S. firms will have to get on board," said Mark Wu, a former World Bank economist who teaches at Harvard Law School.

  • William P. Alford, Alonzo Emery, Robert C. Bordone, Michael Stein, Matthew Bugher, Tyler Giannini, Noah Feldman, Vicki Jackson, Howell E. Jackson, David Kennedy, J. Mark Ramseyer, Hal Scott, Matthew C. Stephenson, Jeannie Suk, David Wilkins, and Mark Wu

    HLS Focus on Asia: Faculty and clinical highlights

    January 1, 2014

    Some recent faculty and clinical highlights—from research on anti-corruption efforts to conferences on financial regulation.

  • Harvard’s Foreign Direct Investment Moot Court Team wins first place in international competition

    December 19, 2013

    A team of students from Harvard Law School was awarded the 2013 Skadden, Arps Trophy for winning first place at the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot competition, which took place at the Frankfurt International Arbitration Center, in Germany, in October.

  • Berkman’s Internet Monitor project publishes “Reflections on the Digital World”

    December 19, 2013

    The Internet Monitor project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University recently released its first annual report, “Internet Monitor 2013: Reflections on the Digital World.” The project evaluates, describes, and summarizes the means, mechanisms, and extent of Internet content controls and Internet activity around the world.

  • Jennifer Hillman '83 and judges with WTO Moot Court

    For second year in a row, Harvard Law School wins regional WTO moot court

    April 24, 2013

    For the second year in a row, a team of Harvard Law School students won the North American regional moot court competition on WTO law at the ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC²). The second annual competition was held in San Jose, Costa Rica and was organized in cooperation with the Costa Rican Society of International Law.

  • WTO Moot Court Team

    HLS WTO Moot Court Team Wins North American Regional

    March 30, 2012

    On March 3, the Harvard Law School WTO moot court team won the North America regional at the ELSA Moot Court Competition (EMC²) on WTO Law.  This year’s competition was held at American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. This was the first year a team from HLS has competed.

  • Hearsay: Faculty short takes

    July 1, 2011

    “Private Manning’s Humiliation” Professor Yochai Benkler ’94 and Bruce Ackerman, professor at Yale Law School
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