Monday 01 October 2018, 13:30 - 16:00

World Trade and Regional Integration: Deep Trade Agreements

Richard Baldwin and others

Panel Discussion co-organised with the World Bank

Meeting Room C1
Meetings Centre, Maison de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland

After-lunch address:

  • Richard Baldwin, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Round Table Discussion with:

  • Nadia Rocha, World Bank
  • Marcelo Olarreaga, University of Geneva
  • Joost Pauwelyn, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
  • Jo-Ann Crawford, World Trade Organization


  • Michele Ruta, World Bank


Preferential trade agreements have increased in number and have become deeper over time. Most modern-day trade agreements contain provisions that cover a wide array of non-tariff measures, both at the border and behind-the-border. These provisions include but are not limited to: technical barriers to trade and sanitary and phytosanitary measures, rules on investment and intellectual property rights protection, provisions on competition policy, labour and environmental standards, etc.

The main objective of this workshop is to inform the debate on how deep trade agreements are contributing to transform trade rules and, hence, international trade relations, global growth and welfare. The following questions will be addressed during the workshop:

What is the evolution of the content of preferential trade agreements and what is their impact on trade and investment?

Which are the main patterns of the disciplines that are included in deep preferential trade agreements and that cover areas that already fall under the mandate of the WTO? Has the evolution of the content of such disciplines strengthened the WTO mandate?

What has been the evolution of the content of disciplines that go beyond the WTO, and what are the implications for future PTA negotiations?

Taking place on the eve of the WTO's Public Forum, this Round Table is organised by the Graduate Institute's Centre for Trade and Economic Integration in partnership with the World Bank.

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