Friday 09 June 2017, 08:45 - Saturday 10 June 2017, 13:30

Annual Conference on WTO Law

A two-day conference

Jointly organised by Georgetown Law and the Graduate Institute, Geneva

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.


  • Session 1. Round Table: The Globalization Backlash: Where Have Trade Agreements Failed and What Will or Should Next-Generation Trade Policy Look Like?
  • Session 2. Round Table: 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?
  • 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 liberalization with varying degrees of "State Capitalism"

Outline Programme

Detailed Programme


Inscription en ligne‚Äč

Reigistration will open 21st March 2017.  For questions about registration for this conference, please send an email to

Registration fees

Corporate  CHF200

Academic and NGOs  CHF100

Students  CHF50

Complimentary registration is offered to staff of Permanent Missions to the WTO

Conference Dinner (all categories) CHF120


The Conference Committee is enormously grateful to the sponsors, without whose generosity this conference would not be possible:

Akin Gump, Mayer Brown, King & Spalding, Steptoe & Johnson, Van Bael & Bellis, White & Case [Logos to be added]


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.