Where next for the World Trade Organization and Global Trade Rules?

What are the prospects for reform of the WTO; and how best to ensure that reform is supported by all?

This podcast episode was recorded on 13th April 2021.

Moderator

Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute

Panellists

Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director, Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission
Jennifer Hillman, Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law, Institute of International Economic Law; Former Member, WTO Appellate Body 
Tetsuya Watanabe, Vice President, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) 

The AIG Global Trade Series 2021 examines the ongoing transformation of the world’s multilateral trading system. 

All eyes are on the WTO’s new leadership to jump-start trade multilateralism. But can global trade rules be updated? And if so, which rules should be fixed first? 

In this podcast, moderator Rem Korteweg of the Clingendael Institute is joined by Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director, Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission; Jennifer Hillman, Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law, Institute of International Economic Law; Former Member, WTO Appellate Body; and Tetsuya Watanabe, Vice President, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI). Listen as they discuss the prospects for reform at the WTO, which is now a top global political priority.

The pandemic has unlevelled the global playing field due to widespread use of subsidies and state intervention. Can the WTO play a role to address these imbalances, and make rules fit for purpose to respond to modern challenges? How should the WTO ensure that a reform package will be supported by all members to prevent a collapse of the rules-based trading system? 

The Global Trade Series is a collaboration between AIG and the following international organizations with leading expertise on global trade: Georgetown Law, Institute of International Economic Law; Chatham House; the Clingendael Institute; the International Chamber of Commerce; the Delors Institute; the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Knowledge Partner).

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