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


Friday, 9th June  ¦  08:45 - 18:00

Auditorium Ivan Pictet ¦ Maison de la Paix,
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva

Saturday, 10th June  ¦  09:00 - 13:30

Room W ¦ Centre William Rappard
WTO, Rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva


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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: 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 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: Free Trade Under Attack: Is a Radical Rethink of Trade and Investment Agreements Needed?
  • 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"

Information about the conference




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For queries regarding registration for this conference, please send an email to

Registration & Online payment information:

The number, country and expiry date of your national photo ID Card or Passport is requested at the moment of the purchase for security purposes.

Conference fees

Conference registration for

  • Corporate delegates:  CHF200
  • Government, Academics, staff of IOs and NGOs:  CHF100
  • Students:  CHF50
  • Staff of Permanent Missions to the WTO: Complimentary
  • ELSA Moot Court Competition (Participants/Coach): Complimentary

Conference Dinner (optional)

  • All categories: CHF120

The registration fee includes:

Admission to the conference on both days; a printed copy of the conference programme; lunch on both days; coffee breaks; and use of the wifi.

The registration fee does not include:

Accommodation nor attendance at the Conference dinner on Friday evening.


 Access and Security

Badge collection begins on Friday 9th June at 08:00 AM in the foyer of Petal 1. Please bring a printed copy of your ticket.

In order to gain entrance to the WTO on Saturday, it is necessary to have your ID document that you have provided at the time of  registration. Please note that strict controls will be in place that may delay your entrance. Please plan your arrival well in advance.

Cancellation policy:

    A 95% refund will be given for cancellations received before 10th May, 2017.
    50 % refund will be given for cancellations received before 25th May, 2017.
    No refund will be given for cancellations received after 5th June, 2017

We prefer online payments via the Weezevent platform.  Should you prefer to register as a group and receive a single invoice for your organisation, or  if you need to use an alternative method of payment, please contact us at


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


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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.


Side Events on Thursday, 8th June

Participants in the conference are cordially invited to the following two side events, which take place the previous day.

TradeLab: Law Clinics & Awareness Building on International Economic Law

Thursday, 8th June 2017  ¦  12:15 - 14:00

Room S8  ¦  Maison de la Paix,
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva

More info

Presentation of the 2016 Appellate Body Annual Report

Thursday, 8th June 2017  ¦ 18:30 to 19:30

Room W ¦ Centre William Rappard
WTO, Rue de Lausanne 154, Geneva

The event will be followed by a reception in the Atrium
More info

There is no charge for either of the side events but separate registration for each is requested