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The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) was established in the year 2016 by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). The Centre’s primary objective is to provide sound and rigorous analysis of legal issues pertaining to international trade and investment law to the Government of India and other governmental agencies. The Centre is aiming to create a dedicated pool of legal experts that who could provide technical inputs for enhancing India's participation in international trade and investment negotiations and dispute settlement. The Centre also aims to be a thought leader in the various domains of international economic law such as WTO law, international investment law and legal issues relating to economic integration.



Launch of India Special Issue of Global Trade and Customs Journal & Panel Discussion on India in the International Economic Order: Issues and Perspective

Date :15 November 2019

The Global Trade and Customs Journal is a reputed international journal in the field of international trade law. In 2019, Professor James J. Nedumpara, Head & Professor of the Centre for Trade and Investment Law was invited to edit a special Issue of the GTCJ. The Special Issue, focused on India and titled ‘India in the International Economic Order: Issues and Perspective’, has articles and contributions from many eminent Indian trade experts and scholars. This Special Issue has collated views o....

CTIL Second Anniversary Celebration

Date :12 June 2019

Prof. James J. Nedumpara emphasised on the purpose of the centre to provide neutral and objective opinion on international trade issues to the Government of India. The Chief Guest, Dr. Anup Wadhawan recognized the invaluable contribution of the centre in government's perspective and addressed the issue of increasing complexities of in the field of trade and investment, thereby reassuring the centre to enhance its capacity and resources. In a special address by Mr. Sudhanshu Pandey stressed on th....

Workshop on International Treaty Negotiation

Date :14 June 2019

The training programme concluded with a workshop on International Treaty Negotiation, which included presentations by Ms. Sangeeta Saxena, Director (TPD and EP) Services, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and by Mr. Bipin Menon, Director (Foreign Trade), Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Ms. Saxena pointed out the various aspects of treaty negotiation while negotiating trade in services. Mr. Menon on the other hand emphasised on the aspects of negotiating bilateral and multilateral trade agreem....

Latest Events

December 2019
Sponsored by CTIL
December 26, 2019
CTIL sponsored INBA for hosting its 8th Annual International Conference titled “70th Constitution Day” at The Shangri-La, Eros Hotel, New Delhi on 26th November 2019. This conference proposed to brought participation from Legal Luminaries, Senior Government Officials, Legal Departments of Fortune 500 companies, International Law Firms, Senior Lawyers and Judges from across the globe. The main goal of the conference was to provide a platform for the Legal Community to discuss and deliberate on several important issues.
November 2019
Launch of Journal
November 25, 2019
The Manchester Journal of International Economic Law (MJIEL) is a reputed journal on public international law. It covers a broad range of subjects within the realm of international trade and economic laws. The journal on the theme ‘UK – India post-Brexit Trade and Power Democracy’ was edited by Prof. Leila Choukroune, University of Portsmouth, and Dr.AmitenduPalit, National University of Singapore (NUS). It addresses the challenges and opportunities of a renewed relationship between India and United Kingdom. The contributors to the special issue tackled important political questions in relation to the role of the law and regulation, the settlement of dispute, the rule of law, and democracy. The launch of the Special Issue of the Manchester Journal of the International Economic Law was held on Monday, 25 November, 2019, at NTH complex, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi, at 10.00 am. It was organized by the Centre for Trade and Investment Law in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth, South Asia International Economic Law Network and Centre for International Trade and Economic Laws. Dr. Manoj Pant, Director, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, was the Chief Guest. The launch included informative presentations by some of the contributors to the issue, namely, Dr. James J Nedumpara, Dr. Sai Ramani Garimella, and Prof. Leila Choukroune.
November 2019
Journal Launch & Panel Discussion
November 15, 2019
The Special Issue, focused on India and titled ‘India in the International Economic Order: Issues and Perspective’, has articles and contributions from many eminent Indian trade experts and scholars. This Special Issue has collated views of trade experts and scholars on various aspects of international trade and India’s role in and perspective on emerging issues in international trade. The first Panel focused on the theme ‘India and the contemporary international economic order’. Like the Special Issue, the Panel discussed the emergence of India as a key player in the global trade regime. The Panel discussed the competitive strength of the Indian Economy and the evolution of India’s trade policy over the last several decades. The second Panel focused on theme ‘Investment, FTAs and Other Emerging Issues in the International Trade Regime’. The Second Panel discussed new areas in international economic law which have emerged in the recent past including India’s approach to Bilateral investment treaties, perspective on e- commerce and government procurement policies the Generalised System of Preferences, among other issues.

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Published Papers



  • Global Trade and Customs Journal, Special Issue - India in the International Economic Order - Issues and Perspectives
    Global Trade and Customs Journal provides readers with new ideas, fresh insights, and expert views on critical practical issues affecting international trade, including export controls, trade remedies, and customs compliance, with a growing focus ion international investment regulation. Written for practitioners by practitioners, the journal offers practical analysis, reliable guidance, and experienced advice to support professionals in protecting their clients organization compliance interests.

    This book provides one of the most comprehensive and compelling analysis of Non-Market Economies (NMEs) and their treatment under the current world trading system. In particular, it examines the treatment of China as an NME in anti-dumping investigations, especially post-December 2016. Central to this analysis is Section 15 of China’s Protocol of Accession to the WTO, which is the focal point of the controversy between China and other major WTO Members.

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