Council Reports

August 11, 2017 - Dispute resolution has been a perennial hot-button issue in Canada-US trade talks for decades. And the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is no different. In a special C.D. Howe Institute Communique, trade expert Lawrence Herman reviews the history, usage and outcomes of the dispute mechanism in NAFTA’s Chapter 19, providing an essential piece of analysis as negotiators and the broader Canadian public grapple with the complexities of the issue in the coming days. What this overview attempts to do is to explain some of the underlying points that are glossed over in the US when complaints are levied against the binational panel system, showing the confined use of the system by...