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Past Events


  • Real Market Access for Real LDC Services Exports - Smartening up the Tools (TSDS 2017 / MC11 - Buenos Aires)

    December 12, 2017 - 10:45am - 12:15pmThe future of trade lies in services, and LDCs export many of them. But not nearly enough. Start and targeted removal of barriers can help - under the LDC Services Waiver, FTAs or otherwise. This session aims to look at the reality - what can be done, and what is being done? UNCTAD has commissioned four pilot studies on what LDCs services and service providers need, whether waiver preferences address this need, and what more can and should be done. This session provides an opportunity for an early discussion in the broader context of market access for LDC services – under GATS; FTAs and unilateral preferences.
  • WTO Public Forum 2017: Automation, Work and the Role of Trade in Services: Understanding Transformations, Exploring Opportunities - Can Trade Policy Help?

    September 27, 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pmAutomation affects virtually everything we do, servicification is everywhere. Whatever the business and job landscape will look like in 2030, chances are that the role of services will increase, and most people will work as service providers. This session, organised by WTI Advisors and Kommerskollegium, asks: Are we ready for the trade policy implications of that shift?
  • Talking Disputes | The Guatemala – US Labour Enforcement Dispute under CAFTA-DR

    September 19, 2017 - 5:15pm - 7:30pmThis special edition of Talking Disputes series is a first: It discusses a "Trade & Sustainable Development"/"Trade & Labour" case, namely the recent arbitral panel report in the dispute In the Matter of Guatemala – Issues Relating to the Obligations Under Article 16.2.1(a) of the CAFTA-DR.
  • Talking Disputes | The Russia – Pigs (EU) Dispute (co-organised by ICTSD & WTI Advisors)

    May 19, 2017 - 12:15pm - 2:45pmAt the WTO in Geneva or online: Join experts in a discussion of the recent WTO Appellate Body ruling in the Russia – Pigs (EU) dispute (DS475).
  • Talking Disputes Special: Philip Morris v. Uruguay

    October 27, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pmIn this investment dispute, Philip Morris took issue with Uruguay’s tobacco control measures. In its July 2016 award, the arbitration tribunal rejected the tobacco giant's claims. Join Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, Sabina Sacco, Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, Ben McGrady and Pedro Joffe in this discussion - live or online.
  • Talking Disputes: The Argentina-Financial Services Case (Appellate Body)

    May 25, 2016 - 5:15pm - 7:30pmJoin Daniel Crosby (K&S), Joost Pauwelyn (Graduate Institute), Jacques Sasseville (OECD), John Cooke (TheCityUK) and Hannes Schloemann (WTI Advisors) in discussing the recent WTO Appellate Body report on Argentina – Financial Services (DS453), which addresses some key questions on the regulation of trade in services in general and financial services in particular, including the vexing issue of "likeness" of services and service providers. Panama had challenged eight financial, taxation, foreign exchange & registration measures imposed by Argentina on services and services suppliers from "non-cooperative" countries.
  • The Age of Servicification: Are Goods Services? Are Services Goods? (WTO Public Forum 2015 - co-hosted with the Asia Global Institute)

    October 1, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:30pmAre many goods in fact (mostly) services? Is trade in goods often better understood as trade in services? What follows for trade policy, law and economics? Patrick Low, Emile Anér, Lucian Cernat, Rudolf Adlung, Daniel Crosby and Hannes Schloemann will stimulate a debate with non strings attached.
  • Talking Disputes | The Peru - Agricultural Products Dispute (co-hosted with ICTSD)

    September 29, 2015 - 12:45pm - 3:00pmThis event will discuss the recent WTO Appellate Body report on Peru – Agricultural Products (DS457). In this dispute, Guatemala challenged additional duties imposed by Peru on imports of certain agricultural products through a “Price Range System” (PRS).
  • Talking Disputes No. 12: The US – Tuna II (Mexico) Compliance Dispute (a WTIA & ICTSD Event)

    May 7, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:30pmThis event will introduce the recent WTO panel report on US –Tuna II (Mexico) (DS381) DSU Article 21.5 compliance proceeding. In this dispute, Mexico challenged the amended US “dolphin-safe” labelling measure, which was meant to comply with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in 2012. The case will be introduced by Niall Meagher (Advisory Centre on WTO Law). Discussants will be Arthur Appleton (Appleton Luff International Lawyers) and Victoria Chomo (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). The event will be moderated by Alice Tipping, ICTSD. Registration required.
  • Talking Disputes No. 11: The Peru – Agricultural Products Dispute DS457 (a WTIA & ICTSD Event)

    January 30, 2015 - 12:15pm - 2:30pmThis event will discuss the recent Panel Report in Peru – Agricultural Products. The Panel Report addressed inter alia the systemically-important issue of how the parties' FTA relates to the WTO agreements. This event occurs at a most opportune time as it is anticipated that the Panel Report will be appealed to the WTO's Appellate Body in the coming months. The case will be introduced by Bregt Natens (Centre for Global Governance Studies, Leuven). Discussants will be Joost Pauwelyn (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), Luisa Rodriguez (UNCTAD) and Claudia Hernandez (Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the WTO). The event will be moderated by Christophe Bellman, ICTSD. Registration required.