Advancing human rights through trade

Why stronger human rights monitoring is needed and how to make it work

Political shifts, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the struggle for a shared vision of how to ‘build back better’, have reignited the debate about trade and human rights. 

Although many trade agreements take human rights impacts into consideration, the monitoring systems that have emerged so far are not comprehensive. Without robust human rights monitoring, trading partners have little chance of ensuring that their counterparts are meeting their commitments.

While there are considerable structural, political and resource-related challenges to conducting more systematic and effective human rights monitoring, recent experiences in this field can help policymakers design more effective monitoring mechanisms for the future.

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Succeeding in China’s $9.4 T E-commerce Market: Why Culture and Context Matters

China’s cross-border e-commerce has been growing in recent years in terms of both volume and value. With increasingly sophisticated customers who have rapidly evolving expectations, Asia’s largest economy is expected to become the world’s largest e-commerce market by 2020, with e-commerce transactions expected to reach almost 50 trillion yuan, or approximately C$9.4 trillion.

This report is intended for Canadian firms contemplating expansion into e-commerce in China. In addition to providing an overview and statistics, as well as primary data insights into key challenges and considerations, the report also offers two case studies to provide further insights into this explosive sector in China.

Read our infographic summary of the report below, or click the download button to read the full text.
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Vietnam files complaint with WTO over US solar tariffs

The Vietnamese authorities have submitted a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to request formal consultations with Washington over its recently announced 30% tariff on crystalline silicon PV imports.

Vietnam’s capital market increasingly attractive

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With its steady economic growth, political stability, a youthful population, and equitisation of State-owned enterprises, Viet Nam’s securities market is attractive to investors, the Gateway to Vietnam Conference heard in HCM City on October 25.

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Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaks at Gateway to Vietnam 2017, which is being held in HCM City from October 25-27, with the participation of 25 Vietnamese leading companies together with nearly 200 domestic and foreign investment funds.

Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh said the country’s population of nearly 100 million, of whom 60 per cent are under 35, is a source of cheap and skilled labour. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s capital market increasingly attractive”

Exploring Interdependencies in Global Resource Trade features powerful interactive visualisations that provide easy access to an extensive and authoritative database of international trade in natural resources, developed from United Nations data. The Chatham House Resource Trade database reorganizes UN Comtrade data into a natural resource hierarchy, covering trade in over 1,350 different types of natural resources and resource products, including agricultural, fishery and forestry products, fossil fuels, metals and other minerals, and pearls and gemstones. The site allows users to easily interrogate resource trade flows between more than 200 countries and territories since the year 2000, by monetary value and by weight, at varying degrees of granularity and aggregation.The political economy of natural resources is increasingly shaped by large, structural shifts in the changing natural environment, in the deepening interrelationship between resource systems and actors, and in the rebalancing of global income and power. We consider these dynamics in the stories section of the site, which provides detailed explorations of different facets of resource trade and the economic, political, and environmental implications of resource interdependencies. Featuring expert analysis and insights from Chatham House and others, this section will continue to expand with new content over time. We launch with an overarching look at the scale and significance of resource trade, and Professor Tim Benton considers the state of agricultural trade, food security, and the potential impacts of an outbreak of protectionism affecting the key food commodities.


For the first time, opens up complex patterns of resource trade for examination by non-experts as well as policy-makers, civil society groups, business analysts, and everyone with an interest in resource trade dynamics and their environmental impacts.

Tự do lựa chọn

Chào các bạn,

Sự phát triển của các hệ thống quản lý kinh tế chính trị đều nhằm mục đích, nói đến tận cùng, là tự do lựa chọn cho mỗi người.

Khi nghèo thì ta chỉ có 5, 7 món ăn để chọn lựa cả năm. Khi giàu thì có cả trăm món để lựa chọn.

Trang phục, xe cộ, trường học… cũng thế. Đó là chưa nói đến lựa chọn nhà cửa, nơi giải trí, nơi nghỉ hè… Tiếp tục đọc “Tự do lựa chọn”

“Một vành đai, Một con đường:” Có gì trong đó cho ta?

English: “One Belt, One Road:” What’s in It For Us?

Ý kiến tại hội thảo của Viện nghiên cứu biển Trung Quốc

Cầu cao tốc Beipanjiang tại tỉnh Quý Châu, Trung Quốc (Ảnh: Glabb / trên trang Wikimedia Commons)

Alexander Đại đế là người được cho là đã tuyên bố: “người lo hậu cần là những kẻ không hề hài hước…họ hiểu rằng nếu chiến dịch của ta thất bại, chúng là những kẻ đầu tiên ta xử tử.” Alexander Đại đế là một trong những chiến lược gia đầu tiên hiểu được tầm quan trọng của việc kết nối và cũng là người đầu tiên chỉ ra rằng chẳng có gì đáng cười về điều này. Tốc độ và độ tin cậy của việc vận chuyển và các dạng liên lạc khác có ý nghĩa rất lớn đối với hiệu quả kinh tế cũng như đối với chiến tranh. Tiếp tục đọc ““Một vành đai, Một con đường:” Có gì trong đó cho ta?”