Technical assistance to governments and businesses, including detailed advice on regional and international trade instruments, multilateral negotiations at the World Trade Organization, and trade negotiation strategies at both the regional and international level.
Rule of Law
Working on improving the enforceability of legal measures, due process rights of an Accused, strengthening the right to a remedy, open goverment laws (e.g. freedom of information acts), ensuring access to justice and other related activities.
Advisory services on US and international law regarding sexual discrimination, race discrimination, sexual harassment, equal protection, non-discrimination, rights for persons with disabilities, and other civil, political and socio-economic rights.
GJA Staff Work
Provided legal advisory services to World Wildlife Fund – TRAFFIC in Tokyo regarding the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and its domestic endangered species law in an effort to ban the commercial trade in ivory in Japan. Legal assessment considered review of domestic laws on the legal acquisition of ivory, registration of businesses that sell ivory, its traceability, legal private possession, online trade, management of ivory stockpiles, and penalties for violating such laws.
In an effort to convince the Hong Kong government to ban trade in elephant ivory, Scott Martin provided World Wildlife Fund-Hong Kong with a feasibility study on banning the commercial trade. On 27 June 2016, the Hong Kong Government proposed a ban on all forms of commercial ivory trading to the Hong Kong Legislative Council.
Mr. Martin drafted a dossier regarding the World Trade Organization and the position of Caribbean States concerning the General Agreement on Services for use by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Scott Martin of GRC advised the Vanuatuan representative to the World Trade Organization on a range of matters concerning the position of least developed countries during the Doha negotiating round in Geneva, Switzerland.
Scott Martin of GJA prepared a report for the Government of Cambodia’s Consulate General Office in Geneva, Switzerland on the Aid for Trade Initiative and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (a framework that promotes least developed countries from an international trade perspective) on behalf of the Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation.
Advising on bilateral, regional and international trade instruments, including the provision of advice on the interaction of trade laws with human rights and environmental law, to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, based in Castries, St. Lucia.
Conducting a legal review on import control rules for seafood in China, European Union, Indonesia, Japan and the United States for the purpose of promoting sustainable fishing practices and to ensure that consumers know the fish they eat - from boat to plate. The research will help enable the client to engage with the Hong Kong government on policy reform relating to seafood imports, so that seafood businesses and their customers can have more certainty that the products they trade in are legal, sustainable and safe.