There’s a small piece in the Globe and Mail today on the fact that the United States and India, which founded a Trade Policy Forum nearly two years ago, have agreed that they will constitute a working group of legal experts from each country to “facilitate trade in legal services.” Daily India has this quote from U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia:
“Legal services are integral to today’s complex, global economy. Indian Commerce Secretary Gopal Pillai and I agreed that establishing a Legal Services Working Group is a priority in our bilateral dialogue,’ said Bhatia.’We are pleased that we have been able to move forward with the creation of the Working Group before the end of this year.’
The Working Group will be comprised of prominent legal professionals, including representatives of US and Indian law firms, the American Bar Association and the Bar Council of India.
I’ve been unable to find any more about the makeup of the group, or what its mandate might be specifically. Canada and India have recently constructed a “business portal” on the web, but there’s no mention of legal services among the trade sectors discussed there.