Is the World Flat or Mountainous?

   
   

Is the World Flat or Mountainous? Implications for International Rules on Trade and Investment

A one-day workshop organised by NCCR-Trade's IP3 and IP11 

Friday, 28 November 2008, 9.00 to 16.00

Auditorium Jacques-Freymond, rue de Lausanne 132, 1202 Genève

Programme:

9.00 – 9.15 - Opening Session

Philippe Gugler, University of Fribourg and WTI/NCCR-IP 11 Leader 
Richard Baldwin, Graduate Institute, and WTI/NCCR-IP 3 Leader 

9.15 - 10.45 - Session 1 – Multinational Enterprises' Strategies and Activities in a Shapeless World?

Chair: Philippe Gugler,  University of Fribourg and WTI/NCCR-IP 11 Leader
Rajneesh Narula, University of Reading, Department of Economics:  Is the world Flat? Assessment of Friedman's and Rugman's approach 
Ana Teresa Tavares, University of Porto, Faculty of Economics: NN
Sarianna Lundan, University of Maastricht, Faculty of Economics:  The second unbundling and the experience of Finnish MNE's 
Discussant  James X. Zhan, Chief of International Arrangements Programme, UNCTAD, Geneva
 

10.45 – 11.15 - Coffee Break


11.15 – 12.30 - Session 2 – Econometric Studies of Foreign Direct Investment in the EU

Chair: Richard Baldwin, Graduate Institute, and NCCR-IP 3 Leader
Sudip Ranjan Basu, Visiting lecturer at the Graduate Institute and UNCTAD, Geneva:  Something New about FDI? Some Investment Puzzles 
Roberto de Santis, European Central Bank, Frankfurt:  Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions and European integration 
Discussant: Christian Bellak, Department of Economics, Vienna University of Economics
 

12.30 – 13.45 - Lunch
 

13.45 - 15.50 - Session 3 – Towards a European Investment Policy: parameters and challenges
 

Chair: Theresa Carpenter, Graduate Institute, and NCCR-IP 3 Alternate Leader
Richard Baldwin, Graduate Institute, and Leader NCCR/IP3:  The impact of the Euro on FDI and cross-border mergers / acquisition 
Julien Chaisse, WTI-IP11 Alternate Leader and University of Antwerp:  An EU Investment Policy? Bilateral and Multilateral Prospects 
Bertram Boie, IP11 Research Fellow , World Trade Institute, Berne:  The Sino-European legal framework for investments: facing the mountains 
Katja Gehne, WTI-IP4 Alternate Leader, World Trade Institute, Berne:  Two opposing trends in trade? Developing a European Investment Policy versus Growing Governance Gaps in Corporate Social Responsibility 
Discussant: Francesca Sanna-Randaccio, University  La Sapienza , Rome
 

15.50 – 16.00 - Concluding Remarks: Richard Baldwin, Graduate Institute, and WTI/NCCR-IP 3 Leader