19 January 2017

Call for papers: Annual Conference on WTO Law

Georgetown Law and the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Annual Conference on WTO Law

Conference dates: 9 & 10 June 2017

Call for Papers

Submission deadline: 1st March 2017
Submission address: manuel.sanchez@graduateinstitute.ch
General enquiries about the conference may be addressed to: ctei@graduateinstitute.ch

The Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration and Georgetown University’s Institute of International Economic Law are proud to present a call for papers for our 2017 Conference on WTO Law.

The Annual Conference on WTO Law, which has its origins in the partnership created in the year 2000 between University Professor John H. Jackson of Georgetown, and Professor Sir Francis Jacobs, KCMG, QC, a Trustee of BIICL, has a longstanding affiliation with the Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL), published by the Oxford University Press.

Widely considered one of the most important and prestigious conferences addressing developments in international trade law, the Annual Conference on WTO Law pursues cutting-edge issues of interest to academics and practitioners alike. 

The 2017 Conference will be held in Geneva, with sessions taking place at the Graduate Institute (on Friday 9 June) and at the Headquarters of the WTO (on Saturday 10 June).

The Organizing Committee has decided to conduct a call for papers aimed at:

(i)  opening opportunities to younger scholars -- current graduate students, and academics and practitioners who completed their most recent academic qualification after June 2009 -- to present their research and analysis at the Conference that falls within any of the six roundtable/panel topics identified below, and

(ii)  attracting cutting-edge papers and ideas by any scholars or practitioners -- junior, mid-career or senior -- on the specific topic: Free Trade Under Attack: Is a Radical Rethink of Trade and Investment Agreements Needed? (topic 3 below).

The Organizing Committee will consider proposals, in the form of an abstract or a completed short paper, submitted on or before 1 March 2017.

Conference topics

  • Session 1. ROUNDTABLE: The Globalization Backlash: Where Have Trade Agreements Failed and What Will or Should Next-Generation Trade Policy Look Like?
  • Session 2. PANEL: Developments in Trade Remedies Legislation & Jurisprudence: (China) Market Economy Status, Alternative Flexibilities & The Bigger Question Of How To Marry Trade Liberalization With Varying Degrees Of "State Capitalism"
  • Session 2. ROUNDTABLE: Brexit and The Legal Consequences for Global Trade Relations: Considerations under UK & EU Law and WTO & FTA Agreements 
  • Session 3. PANEL: Free Trade Under Attack: Is a Radical Rethink of Trade and Investment Agreements Needed? (Presentation & Discussion of Academic Papers Selected from Call for Papers Open to All Scholars)
  • Session 4. PANEL:US Trade Policy under President Trump: Matters of WTO/FTA Compliance and What Does It Mean for the Rest of the World?
  • Session 5. PANEL: Making Trade Dispute Settlement More Effective And Inclusive: Informal Reforms At The WTO And Alternative Hard And Soft Law Systems In And Outside Of The WTO
  • Session 6. PANEL: Developments in Trade Remedies Legislation & Jurisprudence: (China) Market Economy Status, Alternative Flexibilities & The Bigger Question Of How To Marry Trade

Guidelines for submissions

Proposals should be prepared for anonymous review, should identify whether they are a “younger scholar” proposal; or a proposal under topic 3, for which contributions from established scholars are also invited. For younger scholar proposals, applicants should indicate which of the six panel themes they fall under. All proposals should be submitted in PDF or Word format to Mr. Manuel Sanchez, at his email: manuel.sanchez@graduateinstitute.ch.

The Organizing Committee will consider proposals, in the form of an abstract or a completed short paper, submitted on or before 1 March 2017.

Emails should have “ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON WTO LAW PROPOSAL” in the subject line and should include the proposal title in the body of the email. No identifying information should be included in the attached proposal. Proposers should certify their availability to attend the Conference in Geneva on June 9 and 10, 2017, in the body of the email, and should attach a brief CV of the proposer that includes the dates of award of relevant academic qualifications. The organizers will make every effort to respond to all proposals by the end of March.

It is expected that each panelist will be allotted approximately 15 minutes to present his or her paper, and that a question and answer period will follow.

Proposers must be available to attend the WTO Law Conference in Geneva on 9th & 10th June 2017.

The 2017 Conference Committee

The Conference Committee is comprised of people from the two host institutions plus a number of individuals appointed by SIEL to provide academic guidance for the conference.

Conference Chairs:

Christopher Brummer, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, IIEL, Georgetown Law; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Economic Law

Joost Pauwelyn, Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Economic Law

Academic Committee:

Freya Baetens, Associate Professor of Law, Leiden University Singapore; and Member of the Executive Council of SIEL

Jan Bohanes, Senior Counsel, Advisory Centre on WTO Law; and Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Michael Ewing-Chow, Associate Professor of Law, National University of Singapore; and Member of the Executive Council of SIEL

Jennifer Hillman, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Gary Horlick, Law Offices of Gary N. Horlick; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Gabrielle Marceau, President of SIEL; Professeure Invitée, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva; and Senior Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division, WTO

Amelia Porges, Principal at Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC; and Member of the Executive Council of SIEL

Markus Wagner, Associate Professor of Law, University of Warwick; and Secretary of SIEL

Organising Committee:

Dr Theresa Carpenter, Executive Director, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Manuel Sánchez, PhD Law Candidate, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; Editorial Assistant, Journal of International Economic Law

Christine Washington, Director, Programs & External Affairs, IIEL, Georgetown Law

Angelica Zanninelli, Events Coordinator, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Sponsorship

This conference is generously sponsored by:

Akin Gump

King & Spalding

Mayer Brown

Van Bael & Bellis

White & Case

Academic collaboration with SIEL

This conference benefits from academic input and guidance from the Society of International Economic Law, which nominates individuals for the Academic Committee and whose President, Gabrielle Marceau, graciously provides advice and assistance.