International Law: Going Down the Rabbit Hole of Internal Trade: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned (Archived Video Stream) 

Mar. 21, 2013
Toronto Online

This is the archived version of a program presented on March 21, 2013. 

International trade agreements get all the media attention, but trade rules also govern commerce within Canada. In effect since 1995, the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) is based on general concepts found in international trade (e.g. non-discrimination, market access, and quasi-judicial dispute settlement). The AIT’s history and application are distinct, however, and offer unique challenges and opportunities for legal practitioners.

This session will bring together senior officials responsible for negotiating the original AIT with lawyers that have made AIT disputes and advice part of their practice. Topics for discussion include:

• How does the AIT impact businesses and governments? Has it achieved its goal of removing internal trade barriers?
• What is the interplay between internal and international trade commitments?
• How are AIT disputes resolved? What are the implications of recent reforms such as monetary penalties?
• What professional challenges do lawyers face when participating in AIT dispute settlement panels? (e.g. unique issues related to conflict of interest, engagement rules, plain-language drafting, procedural courtesies, etc.)

Be sure to register for this insider’s perspective on the AIT and how it can affect your clients and practice!

Cliff Sosnow,
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Paul Lalonde, Heenan Blaikie LLP
Katherine McGuire, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation (retired)
Robert Knox, Advisor on Internal Trade


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    For 1 to 3 Participants
    CBA Member: $40*
    Non-Member: $65*

    For 4 or more Participants
    CBA Member: $65*
    Non-Member: $100*
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