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WTO Work Programme on E-Commerce

A possible negotiating strategy on e-commerce at the Doha Ministerial for developing countries such as India which, despite typical infrastructural weaknesses, have demonstrated a strong growth potential in e-exports.

Transfer Pricing: Impact on Trade and Profit Taxation

It is not enough to adopting laws to regulate transfer pricing for which several models exist. The test in implementing the laws lies in developing practical skills and meeting the resource needs within the administration. The administrative regime for regulating transfer pricing should be specialised but also development friendly. Duties and taxes should not be allowed to be evaded, but at the same time the manner of regulating transfer pricing should not act as a disincentive to the flow of foreign investment.

Dwindling International Support for IPRs

Public indignation and dwindling international support for intellectual property rights appear to be forcing powerful MNCs to review their pricing strategy and business models.

Under-valued Imports and Public Interest

The implications of applying domestic competition laws to cases of alleged under-valued or dumped imports in the context of some recent decisions by the MRTP Commission.

Valuation of Undervalued and Dumped Imports

The ticklish issue of domestic rulings vis-a-vis GATT/WTO jurisprudence in the context of a recent ruling by the Supreme Court touching on what constitutes 'ordinary course of trade'.

WTO Panel Rulings on Anti-dumping - II

The WTO panel's recent ruling on India's complaint against anti-dumping measures by the EC on imports of bed linen from India is likely to have serious implications for the working of the WTO's anti-dumping regime and deserves to be studied closely.

WTO Panel Rulings on Anti-dumping: I

In a ruling on the US Anti-dumping Act of 1916 the WTO panel and Appellate Body have unequivocally held that the US Act which provides for specific action against dumping in the form of civil and criminal proceedings and penalties is inconsistent with Article VI of GATT, 1994 and the WTO Agreement on Antidumping as well as Article XVI:4 of the WTO Agreement. It remains to be seen how soon the US will repeal its Anti-dumping Act of 1916. The WTO dispute settlement bodies have, however, demonstrated that their jurisdiction is not circumscribed by the limitations sought to be placed by the US.

Role of the State in the E-World

What implications do rapid advances in technology and commerce in the form of the coming together or mobile telecommunications and the internet have for the state? A discussion of the role of government under three broad domains: e-taxation, e-regulation and e-governance.

Implementation of WTO Agreement on Customs Valuation

India recently conducted an international course on customs valuation in relation to the relevant WTO agreement. This article discusses the problems of customs valuation and the history of various international agreements on the subject. It also examines suggestions of practical merit made by the participants.

Impact of Cyber Vandalism on the Internet

The series of crippling cyber attacks in the second week of February not only forced the closure of a number of important web sites for hours, but also made a serious dent in customer confidence in internet based e-commerce. Can a voluntary, industry-led programme keep the internet open, free and secure without help from governments round the world?

WTO Work Programme on Electronic Commerce

Electronic commerce is an area where, at the present stage of its development, there are many more questions than answers. Before entering into future binding obligations in this area, the developing countries, including India, need to carefully consider the implications of such commitments.

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