The members of the panel will discuss the results of USMCA’s labor chapter, the rapid response mechanism as well as whether there is any other labor-related risk to Mexico-US international trade relation. Next, the panel will turn to the recent amendments to Mexican labor law related to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Taking into account the response mechanism and current labor environment in Mexico, the Panel will discuss whether the “priority sectors” are taking the necessary steps to minimize labor-related trade risks? Finally, members of the panel will discuss the future relationship between trade and labor lawyers, including cross borders.
Ricardo Aranda Girard is Director General for International Trade Disciplines in the Under-Secretariat for Foreign Trade of Mexico’s Secretariat of Economy. Ricardo was the Mexican negotiator in charge of the Environment and Labor Chapters of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). He has also been responsible for the negotiations of the Environment Chapter of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Transpacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the TBT chapters of the Pacific Alliance, the Mexico-Panama Free Trade Agreement, and the Mexico-Cuba Partial Scope Agreement.
Gabriela Peregrina is a partner at Deforest Abogados, her practice focuses on Labor Law. Gabriela has experience in labor litigation, audits, subcontracting, training workshops, as well as negotiating with different unions in Mexico.
Olga Torres is the Managing Member of Torres Law, PLLC. Ms. Torres concentrates her practice in the areas of international trade and national security law, anti-corruption compliance, and Customs matters. In the area of customs, Ms. Torres advises clients on import compliance matters, including customs rulings, classification, country of origin, special duty programs such as NAFTA, focused assessments, C-TPAT, and seizures of goods by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. She also assists with antidumping/countervailing duty matters before the Import Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Emilio Arteaga, VTZ junior partner and member of the USMBA, will be the moderator of this webinar. Mr. Arteaga’s practice specializes in international trade and business, such as anti-dumping, rules of origin, origin checks, non-tariff restrictions, international contracts, among other topics.