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Rules of Origin in International Trade Print
Brown Bag Seminar by Stefano Inama, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
14 December 2009, 12.15-13.45, Anna Nussbaum Auditorium, World Trade Institute, Berne, Switzerland



Stefano Inama is a Trade Lawyer for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He has participated in negotiations on rules of origin in different regions at multilateral and regional level and advised governments and the private sector in disputes.

Mr Inama will present his book on rules of origin in international trade – the direct fruition of his twenty years experience in this field. The book discusses the different aspects of the rules of origin from a multidisciplinary perspective and draws from significant experience matured during practice. It deals extensively with concrete cases on drafting rules of origin and examines the economic literature on rules of origin from a practitioner’s point of view.

The book offers the first overview on the status of the negotiations of non-preferential rules of origin under the WTO agreement on rules of origin after more than ten years of negotiations and the possible implications for other WTO agreements.

The book also deals extensively with preferential rules of origin – both under unilateral trade instruments like GSP, EBA, and AGOA and in free trade areas. It analyses the experience of the United States and the EU in developing the NAFTA and Pan-European rules of origin.

Drawing from his direct experience, Mr Inama, compares and discusses the parallel experiences of the major southern regional trade agreements, such as Mercosur and ASEAN, and the ASEAN–China free trade area, as well as Comesa and SADC in their negotiations on the European partnership agreements (EPAs) with the EU.

It discusses the evolution of the different sets of rules of origin, the technical options for drafting rules of origin, a methodology for drafting product-specific rules of origin and the possible implications.


For Stefano Inama’s CV, please click here.


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