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Past Events


  • "Taking Disputes" goes Public Forum - TBTs on the Rise: The Future of Consumer Information Labels, Sustainability Standards and Product Bans in the Light of Latest WTO Case Law

    September 24, 2012 - 4:15pm - 6:15pmWith three WTO Appellate Body rulings on TBT cases - US-COOL, US-Tuna/Dolphin and US-Clove Cigarettes - 2012 is a dramatic year for Technical Barrieres to Trade and their regulation under WTO discipines - the recent World Trade Report on Non-Tariff Measures in the 21st Century further underscores the relevance of the matter. This event, organized by WTI Advisos in cooperation with ICTSD, brings together players and experts to discuss: Where do we stand on TBT, and where do we go?
  • Talking Disputes: The Appellate Body Report in US-Tuna/Dolphin

    July 23, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:00pmIn May 2012 the WTO Appellate Body issued its report in the much-publicized United States - Tuna/Dolphin case. This edition of "Talking Disputes" discusses the decision and looks at its implications, not least for the use of labelling requirements under the disciplines of the TBT Agreement. The case will be introduced by Prof. Thomas Cottier, World Trade Institute, Bern. Commentator will be Iain Sanford, Sidley Austin. The event will be moderated by Hannes Schloemann, WTI Advisors. Registration required.
  • Talking Disputes: China-Raw Materials - The Appellate Body Report

    February 8, 2012 - 12:30pm - 3:00pmVirtually on the heels of the publication of the Appellate Body Report in the China-Raw Materials Case, this event in the Talking Disputes series hosted by WTI Advisors and ICTSD will discuss the ramifications of the highest WTO "court's" decision in this important case, including but not limited to legal questions regarding export restrictions - a subject of rapidly increasing relevance. Registration required by Monday, 6 February (Matt Fleszar at mfleszar@ictsd.ch).
  • Book Launch "The Prospects of International Trade Regulation: From fragmentation to coherence"

    December 15, 2011 - 3:00pm - 4:00pmPresented by the co-editors Professors Thomas Cottier (WTI & Univ. of Bern) & Panagiotis Delimatsis (Tilburg Univ.) and selected contributors, focusing specifically on post-Doha issues & challenges. Moderated by Hannes Schloemann of WTI Advisors.
  • Talking Disputes: The US-Tuna/Dolphin Case

    September 21, 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pmIn a long awaited decision released on 15 September 2011 a WTO panel ruled the US 'dolphin safe' label for tuna products illegal. By tackling a number of issues at the core of WTO rules on technical regulations, standards and labels the decision could have far reaching implications beyond the dispute in question. Marie Wilke (ICTSD), Hannes Schloemann (WTI Advisors) and Hadelin Feront (IFAW) will introduce the case and offer comments. (Registration required.)
  • Book Launch: "Governing the World Trade Organization" (Organized by Cambridge Univ. Press and the World Trade Institute)

    September 20, 2011 - 6:30pm - 7:30pmBased on rigorous scholarship, this volume of essays edited by Professors Cottier and Elsig of the World Trade Institute (WTI) offers critical readings on the functioning of the system and provides policy-relevant ideas that go beyond incremental redesign but avoid the trap of romantic scenarios.
  • Talking Disputes: The China-Raw Materials Case

    July 20, 2011 - 5:30pm - 8:00pmOn 5 July 2011 the WTO circulated the much-anticipated Panel Report in the Case China-Raw Materials. Hannes Schloemann and Jorge Miranda will lead the discussion of the key legal and economic aspects of this important case which may have far-reaching repercussions. (Registration Required)
  • Talking Disputes: The US - China Double Counting Case (DS379) (a WTIA & ICTSD Event)

    May 10, 2011 - 12:45pm - 2:45pmThis event, the first in the new ‘Talking Disputes’ series, discusses the recent WTO Appellate Body decision in the "Double Counting" case. Dr. Christian Pitschas, WTI Advisors, discusses selected details of the decision, with Xiaobing Tang, WTO, as discussant.
  • War Stories from the Caribbean: The EC-CARIFORUM EPA - Negotiating a 42-country North-South FTA

    February 16, 2011 - 12:15pm - 1:45pmIn the occasional media stories surrounding trade negotiations, inevitably the big fights – the EU versus the US; Brazil and India vs. the OECD; West African cotton or Australian apples – attract the headlines. Yet, other negotiations often slip below the radar, particularly in small countries with small markets where tariff liberalization may have more far-reaching economic consequences.
  • Book Launch: International Trade Regulation and the Mitigation of Climate Change

    December 2, 2009 - 10:30am - 12:30pmLaunch of the new book "Intrenational Trade Regulation and the Mitigation of Climate Change" (Cottier, Nartova and Bigdeli, eds.).