Monday, March 6, 2017

ASIL: 100 Days - A Live Online Briefing Series - U.S. Participation in Global Trade Agreements

As noted previously, the American Society of International Law is sponsoring "100 Days - A Live Online Briefing Series." The third session - on "U.S. Participation in Global Trade Agreements" - is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Here's the idea:

Modern nations have long relied on trading relationships to sustain and grow their economies, and globalization has intensified their interdependence. Although trade agreements and regulations have often been a source of domestic controversy, they have seldom been as hotly debated as they were during the 2016 election. Since taking office, the Trump administration has announced plans to withdraw from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and has signaled its intention to withdraw from or renegotiate a number of the trade agreements in which the United States currently participates, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

This live online briefing, the third in the Society's series on "International Law and the Trump Administration," will feature former senior U.S. officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations who were responsible for representing the U.S. Government in its trade negotiations around the world and developing and implementing U.S. trade policy. They will discuss the role that international law plays in global trade agreements and disputes; the institutions that address those disputes; what authority the President has, acting on his own, to modify or withdraw from those agreements; criticisms and proposed reforms of the current international trade system; and the possible paths forward for pursuing the United States' economic interests abroad in the Trump Administration.