Friday, September 12, 2008

Can You Say Chapter 20?

NAFTA Chapter 20 covers dispute resolution between the parties. Seems like Chapter 20 is going to get a workout.

The NAFTA requires the U.S. to open its market to Mexico-based long-haul truckers. This was supposed to have happened years ago. There has already been a dispute panel finding that the U.S. is in violation of the agreement. Hat tip to for the document.

So, it is somewhat depressing (you know, in a rule of law sense), that compliance has once again been dealt a serious blow. This time, the obstacle is the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Where was the opposition to this program in 1994 when both houses of Congress voted to approve it?

Note to students in my NAFTA class: PAPER TOPIC ABOVE!

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