Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Conference: International Economic Law in a Time of Change: Reassessing Legal Theory, Doctrine, Methodology and Policy Prescriptions (Reminder)

The International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law will host its biennial conference later this week, November 18-20, 2010, at the University of Minnesota Law School. The theme is "International Economic Law in a Time of Change: Reassessing Legal Theory, Doctrine, Methodology and Policy Prescriptions." The program is here. The list of abstracts by panel is here. A live stream covering a number of the sessions (including the keynote addresses) will be available here. A Facebook page is here. Here's the idea:

The start of the second decade of the twenty-first century is witnessing a confluence of events affecting international economic law that calls for re-evaluation. The international context has radically changed. Most analysts contend that we are shifting toward a multi-polar world in light of economic transformations in China, India, Brazil, and other developing and transitional countries. This is coupled with economic stagnation in the United States and Europe, which are beset by a financial crisis and embroiled in foreign wars and security concerns. These developments have arguably complicated international economic governance, yet other factors – such as the current financial crisis – press consideration of new forms of international economic governance, such as the G-20. Global economic interdependence, exemplified by global production and supply chains, calls for sustained attention to international economic law and institutions.

With this backdrop, the November conference will organize sessions that address the full range of international and transnational economic law. Keynote speakers will be Beth Simmons (Harvard University), Ricardo Ramirez (WTO Appellate Body) and José E. Alvarez (NYU Law School). There will be a special panel dedicated to the reissuance of Robert E. Hudec’s classic, Developing Countries in the GATT Legal System, with representatives from the WTO and World Bank. In total there will be 14 panels with approximately 60 distinguished speakers from academia, practice, and government.