Protectionism, China, supply-chain disruption driving work in international trade and investment law



Aidan Macnab | Law Times

There are three main global issues driving work in international trade and investment law, say two practitioners.

Despite the “America is back” rhetoric from the Biden White House, protectionism continues to erect trade barriers and fuel disputes – including between North American trade partners. Backlash against Chinese government trade practices is continuing. And supply chains are being disrupted, from COVID, as well as heightened scrutiny from governments to counter human rights abuses.

From former U.S. President, Donald Trump, to Mexico’s current President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as well as governments in Poland and Hungary, rising nationalism is resulting in protectionism, says Riyaz Dattu, who practises international trade and investment at Arent Fox LLP.

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