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Challenges and opportunities of the China – Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement (2017)
Journal Article
Villalta Puig, G., & Yee, A. T. H. (2017). Challenges and opportunities of the China – Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement. Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 40(1), 123-158

The free trade agreement between China and the Gulf Cooperation Council (“the GCC”) currently under negotiation is due to become China’s first comprehensive trade and investment agreement with a supranational customs union. The article explores the c... Read More

China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone investor-state dispute settlement : an uncertain experiment (2017)
Journal Article
Villalta Puig, G., & Tsam Tai, S. L. (2017). China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone investor-state dispute settlement : an uncertain experiment. Journal of World Investment and Trade, 18(4), 673-711. doi:10.1163/22119000-12340055

The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (PFTZ) is the first free trade zone of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It seeks to reform the national economy and open it up to foreign investment. This article argues that the suite of legal instrume... Read More

Preferential trade agreements and the World Trade Organization: developments to the dispute settlement understanding (2017)
Journal Article
Hyams, A., & Villalta Puig, G. (2017). Preferential trade agreements and the World Trade Organization: developments to the dispute settlement understanding. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 44(3), 237-264

On 21 March 2016, at the 9th Annual Update on World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement, former Chairman of the Special Session of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), Ambassador Ronald Saborío Soto, spoke on the Dispute Settlement Understandin... Read More

Free trade as a force of political stability? The case of mainland China and Hong Kong (2017)
Journal Article
Villalta Puig, G., & Chan, V. (2017). Free trade as a force of political stability? The case of mainland China and Hong Kong. International Lawyer, 49(3), 299-323

Is free trade a force of political stability? This article argues that, while political stability could be a cause, it is not always a consequence of free trade. To test this argument, the article analyses the political causes and consequences of the... Read More