Trade Investment Law



Trade Investment Law covers several areas of finance and investment but deals mostly with the process by which businesses acquire capital, either from loans, selling bonds, or the buying, selling, and trading of stocks from the businesses. While many of these transactions are governed in the United States by state and federal laws, international trade and investments are becoming much more important as the global economy has become more interconnected. As a result, a number of international laws may also play a role in trade investment law.

The Geneva-based World Trade Organisation (WTO) provides the legal framework for the multinational trading systems of goods and services. The WTO also has a number of programs for resolving disputes. A significant body of WTO case law relates to the balance between the trading rules and other societal objectives, like protection of human health or the environment. The WTO also delves into areas beyond typical market access rules, and looks at issues like domestic regulations, international protections of intellectual property rights, and international safety standards for food and drugs.

To accomplish these goals and enforce its policies, the WTO uses a sophisticated International Investment Law Arbitration system. A large network of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) have created the legal framework for this system of dispute resolution and the treatment of foreign investors. These systems are in place for not just individuals and business entities, but for governmental agencies, as well.

Domestically, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is the primary administrative body for the regulation of trade investments within the United States. Its regulations, and the enacting laws that brought the SEC into existence are filled with requirements for disclosures, trading rules, broker obligations, and many other legal rules. For more information about these specific areas, you can click on the links to the left for the related matters.

If you would like more information about Trade Investment Law, please review the materials found below. Additionally, should you require legal assistance, you can find an attorney by reviewing the Law Firms page on this site for a list of attorneys in your area who specialize in this area.

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Trade Investment Law - US

  • Federal Trade Commission

    The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.

  • Trade Compliance Center

    The Trade Compliance Center, the TCC, in the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, is the U.S. Government's focal point for monitoring foreign compliance with trade agreements to see that U.S. firms and workers get the maximum benefits from these agreements. The TCC is your one-stop shop for getting U.S. government assistance in resolving the trade barriers or unfair situations you encounter in foreign markets.

  • U.S. Free Trade Agreements

    Trade agreements help open markets and expand opportunities for American workers and businesses and can help your company enter and compete more easily in the global marketplace. Trade agreements are also a tool for promoting fair competition and encouraging foreign governments to adopt open and transparent rulemaking procedures as well as non-discriminatory laws and regulations. Trade agreements can strengthen the business climate by including commitments on issues of concern along with the reduction and elimination of tariffs.

  • United States Court of International Trade

    The contents of each filing in the electronic case files on the USCIT Public Website may be subject to copyright and other proprietary rights (with the exception of the opinions, memoranda and orders of the Court). It is the user's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing material found in the electronic case files. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Users must make their own assessments of rights in light of their intended use.

  • United States Trade and Development Agency

    USTDA is an independent U.S. Government foreign assistance agency that is funded by the U.S. Congress. Our mission, USTDA Mission Statement, is to promote economic growth in developing and middle income countries, while simultaneously helping American businesses to export their products and services, thereby creating U.S. jobs. In addition, USTDA supports U.S. policy objectives related to development and capacity building activities.

  • US Department of State - Trade Policy and Programs

    Trade Policy and Programs (TPP) advances U.S. trade policy objectives by opening new export opportunities for American businesses, farmers, ranchers and workers through global, regional and bilateral trade initiatives - including free trade agreements (FTAs) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Development Agenda.

Organizations Related to Trade Investment Law

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

    APEC is the premier Asia-Pacific economic forum. Our primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. We are united in our drive to build a dynamic and harmonious Asia-Pacific community by championing free and open trade and investment, promoting and accelerating regional economic integration, encouraging economic and technical cooperation, enhancing human security, and facilitating a favorable and sustainable business environment. Our initiatives turn policy goals into concrete results and agreements into tangible benefits.

  • Export.gov - Trade Events

    Trade Events provide venues for U.S. exporters to meet international buyers, distributors, or representatives. By organizing trade missions and educational seminars; providing matching or export counseling services at trade shows; and recruiting buyer delegations to U.S. trade shows, the U.S. Government helps U.S. exporters expand global sales at trade events.

  • Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)

    The effort to unite the economies of the Americas into a single free trade area began at the Summit of the Americas, which was held in December 1994 in Miami, U.S.A. The Heads of State and Government of the 34 democracies in the region agreed to construct a Free Trade Area of the Americas, or FTAA, in which barriers to trade and investment will be progressively eliminated. They agreed to complete negotiations towards this agreement by the year 2005 and to achieve substantial progress toward building the FTAA by 2000. The Heads of State and Government further directed their ministers responsible for trade to take a series of concrete initial steps to achieve the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

  • International Trade Administration (ITA)

    The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. ITA supports President Obama’s recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.

  • International Trade and Investment Law Society

    WCL is rapidly becoming the United States’ premier international trade and investment law program. The International Trade and Investment Law Society (ITILS) aims to bring highly renowned practitioners and academics into the WCL environment to share knowledge and ideas and offer students unique and intellectually beneficial opportunities. Not only is ITILS one of the most successful and engaged student groups here at WCL, but its members have gone on to create waves in the trade community here in D.C. and abroad.

  • Invest in America

    Foreign direct investment (FDI) plays a major role in the United States economy, both as a key driver of the economy and an important source of innovation, exports and jobs. The United States has always provided foreign investors a stable and welcoming market. As a place to do business, the United States offers a predictable and transparent legal system, low taxes, outstanding infrastructure, and access to the world’s most lucrative consumer market.

  • NASDAQ Stock Market

    The NASDAQ Stock Market, also known as the NASDAQ, is an American stock exchange. "NASDAQ" originally stood for "National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations Systems," but the exchange's official stance is that the acronym is obsolete. It is the largest electronic screen-based equity securities trading market in the United States and fourth largest by market capitalization in the world. With 2919 ticker symbols, it has more trading volume than any other electronic stock exchange in the world.

  • Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs (BTA)

    The Office of Bilateral Trade Affairs (BTA) manages U.S. bilateral trade relations with countries around the world, assisting with the negotiation and implementation of Free Trade Agreements, Trade and Investment Framework Agreements, and trade preference programs. We work closely with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as well as the Departments of Agriculture, Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security. Additionally, we work with Congress, the private sector, academia, and think tanks.

  • Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR)

    The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is an agency of over 200 people, a highly committed group of professionals who have decades of specialized experience in trade issues and regions of the world. They negotiate directly with foreign governments to create trade agreements, resolve disputes and participate in global trade policy organizations. They also meet with governments, business groups, legislators and public interest groups to gather input on trade issues and explain the president’s trade policy positions. The agency was founded in 1962 and has offices in Washington, Geneva and Brussels.

  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

    OPIC’s mission is to mobilize & facilitate the participation of United States private capital & skills in the economic & social development of less developed countries & areas, & countries in transition from non market to market economies.

  • Trade Information Center - Export.gov

    Export.gov offers a wide range of current industry and trade information to help exporters of U.S goods and services find the information they need to compete successfully in overseas markets. View the available information for your industry.

  • World Trade Organization

    Essentially, the WTO is a place where member governments go, to try to sort out the trade problems they face with each other. The first step is to talk. The WTO was born out of negotiations, and everything the WTO does is the result of negotiations. The bulk of the WTO's current work comes from the 1986-94 negotiations called the Uruguay Round and earlier negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). The WTO is currently the host to new negotiations, under the “Doha Development Agenda” launched in 2001.

Publications Related to Trade Investment Law

  • ABA - Trade Lawyers Blog

    This blawg is a forum for international trade lawyers to share information, deposit relevant international cases and articles and educate others about international trade developments affecting their region or in which their country is participating.

  • International Trade Forum

    The International Trade Forum is the magazine of the International Trade Centre (ITC). It focuses on trade promotion and export development, as part of ITC’s technical cooperation programme with developing countries and economies in transition. The magazine is published quarterly in English, French and Spanish. ISSN 0020-8957

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