Trade and Economic Integration


Here are the research projects dealing with issues of Trade and Economic Integration. You will also find the list of recent publications related to this cluster.

Convergence versus Divergence? Text-as-Data and Network Analysis of International Economic Law Treaties and Tribunals

Professor Joost Pauwelyn, funded by SNSF. November 2015–October 2018.
This project makes a novel contribution by providing big data solutions to big data problems. It employs state-of-the-art text as data analytics and network analysis tools to investigate patterns of convergence and divergence in two areas of international economic law examining trade and investment: (1) the universe of free trade and investment protection agreements and (2) the network of investment awards and trade panel/Appellate Body reports. It will help policy-makers and negotiators, in particular in developing countries, to better understand the current structures of international economic law and to help evaluate its need for reform.
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Currency and Conquest: The Rupee and British Colonial Expansion in Asia and the Indian Ocean, c. 1880–1930s

Professsor Gopalan Balachandran, funded by SNSF. October 2016–September 2018.
This project explores how the spread of the rupee facilitated the mobilization of the administrative and commercial resources of the British Indian empire and helped consolidate British power in its newly-acquired colonies. It alos researches the role of monetary transitions in restructuring commerce, and the transformation of relatively horizontal regional relationships yielded into more hierarchical global relationships.
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Financial Globalization and Real Reallocation in the Market for Corporate Control

Associate Professor Rahul Mukherjee, with Christian Proebsting (EPFL), funded by SNSF. June 2017–May 2020.
This  project aims to get a precise quantification of the welfare effects of globalisation by analysing the interaction of two key elements – technology and financing – in the market for domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
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Global Value Chains and Firm Performance in Developing Countries

Professor Richard Baldwin with Dr Theresa Carpenter, funded by SNSF. September 2015–August 2019.
The flows of goods, people, ideas, investment, training and knowhow that used to happen in developed-nation factories are now part of international commerce. Instead of building full domestic supply chains before becoming internationally competitive, Global Value Chains (GVCs) allow nations to join existing supply chains. This project will investigate the impact of GVC participation on company performance, and how ICT usage affects participation.
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Legal Innovation to Empower Development: Designing and Building an Online “TradeLab” in Qatar

Professor Joost Pauwelyn, funded by the Qatar National Research Fund. Partners: Georgetown Qatar, Qatar University, Stanford University, Georgetown Law. March 2016–February 2019.
The Trade and Investment Law Broker (TradeLab) project aims at empowering smaller countries and smaller stakeholders, including SMEs and civil society, to reap the full development benefits of global trade and investment rules. The project combines academic research with innovations in internet technologies and legal education.
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The Principle of Comity in Private International Law

Professeur boursier FNS Thomas Schultz. September 2014–August 2018.
The basic aim of the project is to provide a better understanding of the role of the concept of comity (respect and non-interference among sovereigns) in the field of private international law. The project focuses mainly, but not exclusively, on commercial aspects of the field. The concept of comity is examined with regard to its current plain and hidden roles, and the potential roles that could be granted to it in the future.
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Trade and the Environment

Professor James Hollway and Professor Joost Pauwelyn, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, Canada), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Centre d’études pluridisciplinaires en commerce et investissement internationaux (CEPCI, Canada). Partner: Université Laval (Professor Jean-Frédéric Morin). 2016–2019.
This project aims to explore the emergence, diffusion, implementation and impact of environmental provisions in trade agreements and trade provisions in environmental agreements.
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