Save PDF annotations to a notes file

If you are a researcher then you prob­a­bly anno­tate PDFs of papers and oth­er stuff. If, like me, you work in the Apple/OSX envi­ron­ment you may be using Skim to read and anno­tate. Skim allows you to save the anno­ta­tions in their own ‘side­car’ file for­mat and to copy/paste the text of the anno­ta­tions. But […]


Draft history of ICC: final chapters

Last year, I com­plet­ed the man­u­script of a cen­ten­ni­al his­to­ry of the Inter­na­tion­al Cham­ber of Com­merce (ICC). It’s a long work: 400 pages, more or less. It will be only the sec­ond his­to­ry of this remark­able insti­tu­tion. The first was pub­lished in 1938. ICC com­mis­sioned the his­to­ry in 2013, but has recent­ly decid­ed to wait […]


The Wallenbergs at the ICC

Peter Wal­len­berg, the scion of the great Swedish fam­i­ly of bankers and indus­tri­al­ists, died on 19 Jan­u­ary aged 88. Among his many achieve­ments was to lead the Inter­na­tion­al Cham­ber of Com­merce (ICC) dur­ing the most dif­fi­cult peri­od for busi­ness in the late 20th Cen­tu­ry. Here is a sum­ma­ry of the sto­ry. There’s a lit­tle more […]


Can multilateralism be revived?

Shawn Don­nan at the FT says that it needs a health­i­er life-style. Mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism is weak­er than it has ever been. But, in trade, it has nev­er been as robust as it seemed on the sur­face. For now, I doubt there is a rea­son­able prospect it can be revived in its orig­i­nal form. Instead, we should […]


Is a plurilateral the ‘way out’ for WTO on agriculture?

Q: under what cir­cum­stances would a crit­i­­cal-mass (CM) pluri­lat­er­al agree­ment on agri­cul­ture be a way “out of the mess” in the WTO agri­cul­ture nego­ti­a­tions? A: any CM pluri­lat­er­al works as a “way out” of the WTO stale­mate where it offers a degree of ben­e­fits to the mem­bers of the pluri­lat­er­al agree­ment such that they were […]


Evaluation of a “Critical Mass” agreement on agriculture

The stale­mate in Gene­va on the Decem­ber 2013 Bali Agree­ment con­cern­ing both Trade Facil­i­a­tion and agri­cul­ture sub­si­dies has revived some inter­est in the poten­tial for a pluri­lat­er­al agree­ment on Agri­cul­ture among WTO mem­bers. I attach to this brief post a pre-print of the sum­ma­ry that Andy Stol­er and I wrote for the jour­nal Glob­al Gov­er­nance […]


Editing Scrivener ‘Sync’ files

Do you use Scriven­er? If so, and you’d like to edit your Scriven­er files on anoth­er plat­form such as your iPad, I may have some­thing that will help. I’ve made some ‘bun­dles’ and themes for the Text­Mate edi­tor and the Tex­tas­tic edi­tor on the iPad that dis­play inline anno­ta­tions, com­ments and block-quotes in the text. […]