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The Vignelli Canon

A won­der­ful, short book of the rules (κανών: kanón, mean­ing a rule) of design cho­sen and illus­trat­ed by Mas­si­mo Vignel­li and his wife Lel­la. Down­load it here. I have always said that there are three aspects in Design that are impor­tant to me: Seman­tic, Syn­tac­tic and Prag­mat­ic. That is: the mean­ing of the design, the […]

Plimer’s Heaven + Earth


I have final­ly fin­ished read­ing and skim­ming Ian Plimer’s thick book Heav­en + Earth. I found it admirable for being a com­pre­hen­sive and intel­li­gent account of rel­e­vant evi­dence on cli­mate change. I did not like it so much for the writ­ing, or for the orga­ni­za­tion of ideas in some places, but that’s a quib­ble in light of the book’s strengths.

Prof. Plimer’s book looks like a text book (and weighs about as much), but in real­i­ty it is a piece of rhetoric. He has col­lat­ed a very strong argu­ment, based on the record of sci­en­tif­ic enquiry, for reject­ing the case—already flim­sy on the grounds of com­mon sense—for cli­mate alarm.

Bans on the parallel import of books

Geoff Bezos and the Kindle

My sub­mis­sion to the Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty Com­mis­sion on their Draft Dis­cus­sion paper on Par­al­lel Impor­ta­tion of Books.

Dear Com­mis­sion­ers— Your assess­ment (Dis­cus­sion Draft, ” Restric­tions on the Par­al­lel Impor­ta­tion of Books”) eval­u­ates the cost of the Par­al­lel Import Restric­tions (PIRs) by con­sid­er­ing their impacts on the authors, pub­lish­ers and con­sumers of ‘trade books’; that is print­ed books. But you do not con­sid­er the costs that the PIRs may impose on the con­sumers of elec­tron­ic books.

”(1) I urge you, in your final report, to con­sid­er the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the restric­tion on access to elec­tron­ic edi­tions of books (specif­i­cal­ly, the ‘front list’ books that are avail­able in the US as Kin­dle books) is a cost imposed on Aus­tralian con­sumers by the PIRs.

(2) I urge you to rec­om­mend that the PIRs be abol­ished and that, if use­ful (I doubt it), the Gov­ern­ment should increase the sub­si­dies to ‘cul­ture’ by direct­ly com­pen­sat­ing Aus­tralian authors of ‘cul­tur­al’ works for the loss of the PIRs. They should not sub­si­dize the pub­lish­ers. Nor need they sub­si­dize for­eign authors now ben­e­fit­ing from our PIRs (there’s noth­ing in the nation­al treat­ment oblig­a­tions of the AUSFTA that requires us to sub­si­dize US authors).”

WTO and Developing Countries

here to open WTODC in a new win­dow”>WTO and Developing Countries Cover page

The World Trade Orga­ni­za­tion has com­mis­sioned Inquit to write a num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions. One of the first—in 1999—was “WTO and Devel­op­ing Coun­tries”, which described the impact on Devel­op­ing Coun­try mem­bers of the Uruguay Round Agree­ments and the pro­vi­sions that the agree­ments made specif­i­cal­ly for devel­op­ment.

Global Trade Advocate

down­load a copy of Glob­al Trade Advo­cate (pdf:2.2mb)”>Glob­al Trade Advo­cate is Inquit’s guide to advo­ca­cy on behalf of the glob­al trad­ing inter­ests of your busi­ness or indus­try asso­ci­a­tion. It shows you how to go about defin­ing your inter­ests in the trad­ing sys­tem, how to ana­lyze the oppor­tu­ni­ties, how to build sup­port for your goals in the trad­ing sys­tem and—most important—how to iden­ti­fy and per­suade the deci­sion-mak­ers.

GTA con­tains exam­ples of firms and asso­ci­a­tions that have achieved ben­e­fits a thou­sand-times greater than their invest­ments in pur­suit of their inter­ests in break­ing down bar­ri­ers to trade or win­ning a fair­er deal from the sys­tem. 

Allan Beat­tie, World Trade Edi­tor for the Finan­cial Times of Lon­don says:

Mr Gallagher’s advice is valu­able … the rewards can be huge … the case for busi­ness to pay atten­tion to trad­ing rules is com­pelling.”

Hugh Mor­gan AO, for­mer Chair­man of the Busi­ness Coun­cil of Aus­tralia says:

Great assis­tance to busi­ness, media and edu­ca­tion­al under­tak­ings in gain­ing a ground­ing in the Inter­na­tion­al Trade activ­i­ties that pro­vide such a sig­nif­i­cant part of the insti­tu­tion­al frame­work.

Andrew Stol­er, for­mer Deputy Direc­tor-Gen­er­al of WTO says:

“An excel­lent prac­ti­cal guide through the often con­fused maze of trade nego­ti­a­tions and agree­ments.  Peter Gallagher’s expert coun­sel is exact­ly what a busi­nessper­son needs to con­vert pol­i­cy oppor­tu­ni­ties into dol­lars and cents.”

Ten observations about the WTO’s first decade

As of Sat­ur­day 16, there was lit­tle con­sen­sus inside the Hong Kong Con­fer­ence Cen­ter as you can read from the press cov­er­age, except that the Euro­pean Community’s nego­ti­at­ing posi­tion is unac­cept­able to every­one else. The atmos­phere is poi­so­nous and the dis­cus­sions, even in the small­est and most senior infor­mal groups (the ‘green room’ meet­ings orga­nized […]

WTO: The First Ten Years”

My book, com­mis­sioned by WTO for their 10th anniver­sary, is now avail­able from Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press From the blurb “This book was com­mis­sioned by the World Trade Orga­ni­za­tion (WTO) as a fac­tu­al account of the first decade of its exis­tence. It aims to cov­er the prin­ci­pal activ­i­ties of the WTO as the suc­ces­sor to GATT […]