Research Programs: International Trade and Investment

Comprehensive Research on the Current International Trade/Investment System (pt.VI)

Project Leader/Sub-Leader

KAWASE Tsuyoshi

KAWASE Tsuyoshi (Faculty Fellow)



Our research project for this 2022-2024 period covers following issues;

  1. Trade and Investment Rules in this era of increasing concern for economic security: Supply chain resilience and trade and investment rules (semiconductors, in particular); Legal and policy frameworks to manage the energy and food crisis caused by the Ukraine crisis; export control of emerging technologies and strategic products; New security-oriented economic frameworks (IPEF, Quad, TTC)
  2. Development and expansion of CPTPP: Legal and policy issues on accession of China; Korea and Taiwan; Connecting EU to CPTPP
  3. Development of multilateral rules on digital trade: WTO; Advanced rules in recent FTAs/EPAs; WTO negotiation on e-commerce, specific issues regarding DFFT (privacy and cyber security, in particular); international frameworks of AI governance; other related issues including multilateral digital taxation and competition law and policy for digital platforms.
  4. Studies on WTO case law and dispute settlement procedure: review of recent WTO cases; the Appellate Body crisis; Interim appeal systems; cases and dispute settlement procedures in FTAs/EPAs (CPTPP, USMCA)

August 1, 2022 - January 31, 2025

(During the research project period, the research activity period is set from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2024, and the data usage reporting period is set from August 1, 2024 to January 31, 2025.)

Major Research Results


* The series name has been changed from [WTO Case Review Series] to [WTO and International Trade Case Review Series]

RIETI Discussion Papers

RIETI Policy Discussion Papers


RIETI Policy Discussion Papers