Friday, September 13, 2013

Conference: World Trade Forum 2013

On September 27-28, 2013, the World Trade Institute will host World Trade Forum 2013. The theme is "Trade Cooperation: The Purpose, Design and Effects of Preferential Trade Agreements." The program is here. Here's the idea:
Preferential trade agreements (PTAs) continue to mushroom. New mega agreements are in the pipeline, such as the US-EU Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP). This year’s World Trade Forum brings together leading academics who have been studying the phenomenon of preferential trade agreements. Over two days we will discuss the design and the impact of PTAs from the perspectives of political science, economics and international law. What are the effects domestically, why do we see so much variation, and what is the relationship to the multilateral system: these are some of the guiding questions.