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Earl Gregg Swem Library

U. S. Trade with Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Partners

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

Presents data on U.S. merchandise trade with trade agreement partners, including trade balances with individual trade partners and groups, Also discusses the issues involved in using bilateral trade balances as a standard for measuring the economic effects of a particular FTA.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Paris Climate Agreement Ratified

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,European Union,Great Britain,Headlines,Treaties

Passage by the European Parliament of the Paris Climate Agreement brought the number of ratifying countries past the 55 needed for the treaty to come into force.  To date 74 countries with 58% of global emissions have agreed to the terms.  This report offers a British view.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7718


MEPs’ Green Light for Paris Climate Agreement to Trigger Its Entry Into Force

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,European Union,Headlines,Treaties

Press release on the vote to approve the Paris Agreement by the European Parliament by a 610 to 38 vote with 31 abstentions.  Includes links for adopted text, video recording of the debate, a glossary of terms, and more.  From the European Parliament


2015 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Treaties

Describes the efforts of 137 countries and territories to meet commitments to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.  Includes definitions of working children, ILO Conventions related to child labor, regional analyses, and individual country profiles.  From the U.S. Department of Labor


Ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,European Union,Great Britain,Treaties

Describes progress made toward ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement, with a focus on the EU nations.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper 7718


European Communities and Certain Member States: Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft

Categories: European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Transportation,Treaties

Ruling by a compliance panel of the World Trade Organization that the European Union and several European countries illegally subsidized airplane manufacturer Airbus to the extent of $22 billion over more than a decade and had failed to comply with orders to cease such subsidies.  Considered the most expensive dispute in international trade history.  From the World Trade Organization


How Preferential Trade Agreements Affect the U. S. Economy

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

This report examines the economic literature on trade and trade agreements and summarizes its findings  on how trade and preferential agreements have affected the U.S. economy.  Includes a brief history of trade agreements.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Global Implications of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Categories: Climate Change,Crime/Justice,Environment,Food/Nutrition,Natural Resources,Treaties

Defines the nature of illegal and unregulated fishing, describes the threat to legitimate fishing and ocean health posed by such activities, and prospects for alleviation of the problem through such actions as the Port State Measures Agreement that came into force in June 2016.  From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence


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