Wednesday 28 February 2018, 14:00 - 16:15

Plurilaterals, the new way forward in global trade?

…reflections in the aftermath of Buenos Aires.

Roundtable discussion

Auditorium A1A
Maison de la Paix, Geneva


  • Prof. Joost Pauwelyn, Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute, Geneva


  • H.E. Mr Geert Muylle, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations, World Trade Organization and other International Organizations in Geneva

Keynote speaker

  •  Prof. Bernard Hoekman, Professor of Economics, European University Institute in Florence

Roundtable with:

  • H.E. Mr Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Belgium
  • H.E. Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary General of UNCTAD
  • H.E. Dr Eloi Laourou, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Benin to the United Nation and World Trade Organization
  • H.E. Mr Marc Vanheukelen, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the European Union to the World Trade Organization
  • H.E. Mr Xiangchen Zhang, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the World Trade Organization
  • Ms Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Centre
  • Mr Christopher S. Wilson, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization


Closing remarks

  • Mr Roberto Azevêdo, Director General, World Trade Organization;


  • Dr Patrick Low, Visiting Professor, University of Hongkong and former Chief Economist WTO (2007-2013)

The Round Table will be followed by a Reception hosted by Ambassador Muylle

This Round Table is organised by the Graduate Institute's Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, in partnership with the Belgian Mission to the UN, International Organizations, WTO and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.

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