Recent Publications and Resources

Study on APEC's Non-Binding Principles for Domestic Regulation of the Services Sector

Study on APEC’s Non-Binding Principles for Domestic Regulation of the Services Sector

APEC economies are committed to creating a policy and regulatory environment conducive to services markets. The services sector plays a vital role in the world economy, and is a significant driver of economic growth and poverty reduction. However, barriers to services trade are often found in domestic regulations, commonly referred to as ‘behind the border measures.’ These affect the entry and operations of both domestic and foreign services suppliers and can have economy-wide impacts. A key element for liberalizing trade in services is increased regulatory transparency. The improvement of regulatory transparency in the services sector is a priority element for ...
How will 2019 regulatory changes affect PFAS site cleanup & recovery? Read the article - National Law Review

PFAS Rolling into Regulation — National Law Review

Nathan experts Brian Henthorn and Christopher Loos explore the 2019 developments in regulations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the United States, for the National Law Review. How will regulatory changes affect the pace of site cleanups and cost recovery? Do they pose challenges to sites where other contaminants are already being addressed? Read the article on the National Law Review website ...
Promoting women’s access to jobs, finance, and capital is critical to achieving lasting economic growth in APEC economies. Read the report.

Structural Reform Measures to Improve Women’s Access to Labor Markets, Finance and Capital

This report, prepared by Nathan for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Policy Support Unit, examines the process of structural reforms in APEC economies to remove barriers to women’s access to labor markets, finance, and capital. The report highlights the importance of sex-disaggregated data to inform policy change and evaluate policy effectiveness. It reviews key reforms in employment discrimination and restrictions, pay equity, childcare and eldercare services, flexible work, financial inclusion, access to assets and capital, credit worthiness, and business development services. Two case studies provide information on the process to reform and adopt new policies. The first case study examines ...
APEC Women@Work

APEC Women@Work

Policies and regulations can either serve as barriers to employment opportunities for women or help to ensure that women are able to access the same employment opportunities as men or mitigate obstacles and imbalances. This brief specifically examines how laws and regulations limit or enable women to enter, remain, and advance in the formal sector workforce in the APEC region, with an emphasis on access to wage employment and retention. The brief analyzes how employment and pay discrimination, regulatory employment restrictions, occupational standards, and sexual harassment can limit women’s wage employment. It also examines how laws and policies can support ...
GOLD: Nathan's CMS and Claims Database

GOLD: Nathan’s CMS and Claims Database

Nathan experts have developed a content management system product, GOLD, that effectively and efficiently manages data and documents relating to all aspects of litigation. Background Litigation matters often involve significant amounts of data and documentation. The data and documents typically come from many sources, need to be accessible to multiple parties, need to be securely maintained, and must be maintained in such a way that the integrity stays intact. In our Litigation & Expert Services Line of Business, Nathan experts provide our clients with high quality research, analysis, reports, and expert testimony, and we work directly with the large amounts ...
Women’s Empowerment and Savings Groups: What Do We Know?

Women’s Empowerment and Savings Groups: What Do We Know?

In collaboration with the SEEP Network and FSD Africa, Nathan conducted research to understand the relationship between Savings Groups and Women’s Empowerment, culminating in the development of a learning brief “Women’s Empowerment and Savings Groups: What Do We Know?” and an accompanying Monitoring and Results Measurement Toolkit. There is strong evidence that Savings Groups expand access to financial resources by women, and contribute to asset accumulation and increased business investments. This is why Savings Groups are commonly promoted as an economic strengthening strategy within women’s empowerment programming. There is, however, a need to better understand the pathways between Savings Groups ...
Done well, electric utility rate design can be a significant enabler of the electric vehicle market. Done poorly, a significant barrier. Can rate design help e-mobility move into the fast lane? Download the white paper.

E-Mobility & Rate Design: Life in the Fast Lane

E-mobility, or transportation electrification, is an emerging global force that will play a key role in dealing with climate change. This white paper discusses the e-mobility transformation and describes how rate design can help e-mobility move into and stay in the fast lane. Connect with the author Learn more about our Energy practice The PDF of this paper is available on request; please fill out the form on this page and it will be emailed to you ...
External Evaluation of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)

External Evaluation of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)

Nathan was contracted in September 2018 to conduct an external evaluation of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), which assists developing countries in implementing international sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards, guidelines and recommendations to gain and maintain market access. This report sets out the conclusions and recommendations of that evaluation, concluded in 2019. STDF is a global partnership and trust fund, established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the World Bank, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2004. The STDF Secretariat is housed and administered by the WTO in Geneva. As a global ...