Past Events

Annual Symposium on International Trade

2019
General Body Meeting March

2018
XIV Symposium on International Trade: Rule-Based World Trade System under Systematic Crisis

Vídeos:

Morning Sessions:

http://media.wcl.american.edu/Mediasite/Play/07edfab38ee5404389b7bc1a2dafcc131d

09:00 – 09:30 Welcoming and Introductory Remarks Aluisio de Lima-Campos, Chairman, ABCI Institute H. E. Sérgio Amaral, Ambassador of Brazil

09:30 – 10:45 PANEL I: Trade Outlook: The View from Governments Is the ongoing crisis a government-made one? If so, what governments should do to fix it? Companies involved in foreign trade suffer most as a result of a lack of predictability in a fast changing world and a clear mismatch between WTO rules and actions. What can possibly be done to take us away from this systemic crisis and towards prosperity? Moderator: Padideh Ala’i, Professor of Law, WCL Speakers: Fernando Pimentel, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Brazil Guillermo Malpica Soto, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Mexico David Wilkens, Counselor, Economic Affairs, Embassy of Germany Matias Ignacio Pinto Pimentel, Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Chile *Shinge Watanabi, Minister-Counsellor, Embassy of Japan

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:15 PANEL II: Section 232 and repercussions Well-founded or not, the unexpected application of Section 232 measures to countries and entire sectors seems to aim at re-organizing international trade according to national aspirations. How a counter wave will affect international trade? How far down the road will the process go and what will come out at the other side of the tunnel? Is there a different and more creative path? Moderator: John Magnus, President, TradeWins LLC Speakers: Terence Stewart, Managing Partner, Law Offices of Stewart and Stewart Matthew Nicely, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP Pablo Bentes, Managing Director, Trade & Investment, Steptoe & Johnson

12:30 – 01:45 Luncheon: A talk on Trade with Renata Vasconcellos, Kellie Meiman and Nicole Collinson

Afternoon Sessions: 

http://media.wcl.american.edu/Mediasite/Play/bf38eb4227654d10b73964c5f3d406e61d

02:00 – 03:15 PANEL III: USMCA Outlook The USMCA agreement seems to have been designed to set the tone and serve as a template for all future US trade agreements. Provisions on currency manipulation and to prevent Canada and Mexico, and potentially other countries, to ink free trade arrangements with China are all new to trade agreements. What legal and economic impacts can be expected? Moderator: Jason Marczak, Director, Atlantic Council Speakers: Simon Lester, Associate Director, CATO Institute Jeffrey Schott, Peterson Institute Lynn Fischer Fox, Counsel, Arnold & Porter, Former DOC DAS. 0

3:15 – 03:30 Coffee Break

03:30 – 04:45 PANEL IV: WTO Reform As trade actions by member countries are being taken without regard to WTO rules; as the DSM is on the brink of failure; as multilateral negotiations don’t seem to go anywhere; as new issues such as e-commerce and SOEs are not adequately covered by existing rules; it seems clear that the WTO needs to update itself to the times. What needs to change and how to go about doing it? Moderator: Aluisio de Lima Campos, Chairman, ABCI Institute Speakers: Claude Barfield, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute Chad Bown, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute Grant Aldonas, Managing Director, Split Rock International *Representative of USTR

2018
Book Launch: Aluísio de Lima Campos and Juan Antonio Gaviria presented their new book, International Trade Policy, January 18, 2018

2019
XIII Symposium on International Trade: The U.S. Trade Policy in Debate , October 17, 2017

Videos:

1st Session Video 

  • PANEL I: External repercussions

    • What is happening around the globe following the new mindset in Washington: US exit from TPP didn’t blow up the agreement, integration movements in South America, EU gets closer to Mercosul and other partners, China speeds up RCEP negotiations, and more.

    • Moderator:          Padideh Ala’i, Professor of Law, WCL

    • Speakers:           Fernando Pimentel, Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Brazil

                                      Sergio O. Pérez Gunella, Chargé d’Affaires, Embassy of Argentina​

                                      Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of Chile

                                      Jean-François Boittin, Policy Associate, CEPII​​

  • PANEL II: International trade agreements: does “one size” fit all?

    • US is avoiding multilateral trade agreements, renegotiating NAFTA and engaging in one-to-one talks with specific trade partners, leveraging its own priorities: is the focus on bilateral agreements the answer? Could renegotiations of trade agreements make them better for everybody?

    • Moderator:         Aluisio de Lima Campos, Chairman, ABCI Institute

    • Speakers:           Jeffrey J. Schott, Peterson Institute of International Economics

                     Michael Gadbaw, Georgetown University Law Center

                     Uri Dadush, OCP Policy Center and Bruegel

                     Simon Lester, Cato Institute

2nd Session Video

  • Keynote Speaker: Anabel González, Senior Director of the World Bank Global Practice on Trade and Competitiveness

  • PANEL III: Trade defense measures: should WTO rules be put aside?

    • A full package of investigations and intended trade defense measures: the “new old” US trade barriers. Are they reflecting that the WTO rules, remedies and dispute settlement system are not effective? Are there effective alternative positive approaches for solving trade issues

    • Moderator:         Vera Kanas, Tozzini Freire

    • Speakers:           Matthew R. Nicely, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

                                      Dan Ikenson, Cato Institute

                                      John R. Magnus, Tradewins

                                      Gary Hufbauer, Peterson Institute of International Economics

  • PANEL IV: Digital trade and services: challenges and opportunities

    • Increasingly important, still a lot under discussion: regulatory and policy measures, international trade and investment flows, intellectual property and the WTO and multilateral agreements.

    • Moderator:         Henry Almond, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

    • Speakers:           Joshua P. Meltzer, Brookings Institution

                                           Dan Griswold, George Mason University

                                           Vera Thorstensen, FGV São Paulo

                                          Grant Aldonas, Institute of International Economic Law

2016
XII Symposium on International Trade: The World Trade System at A Crossroads , October 27, 2016

2015
XI Symposium on Trade: New Challenges Ahead for International Trade and Investment, October 22, 2015

Videos:

 

  • Welcoming Remarks (00:00:00)

  • Trade Policy Now and Beyond the Nairobi Ministerial (00:11:56)

  • Multilateralism, Investment and Global Value Chains (01:32:22)

  • Rules and Standards (02:44:20)

  • Lunch – Keynote Speaker: Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh, WTO Director for Trade in Services

2014
X Symposium: International Trade and Investment: Trends and Challenges Ahead, October 14, 2014

Videos:

  • Welcoming Remarks (00:00:00)

  • Views from Governments (00:21:17)

  • Views from Academia and International Institutions (01:26:02)

  • Views from the Private Sector (02:49:46)

  • Lunch (1:00:06) – Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Julio Lacarte Muro, Former Deputy Secretary of the GATT at its inception; Former Uruguay Minister of Commerce and First Chair of the WTO Appellate Body

2013
IX Symposium: Regional Trade Agreements and the Challenges Ahead for the WTO, October 30, 2013

Videos:

  • Opening Remarks (00:11:44)

  • Views from Major Trade Partners (01:22:07)

  • Views from Academia and International Institutions (01:28:48)

  • Views from the Private Sectore/Closing Remarks (00:57:01)

  • Lunch (00:36:08) – Keynote Speaker: Mauro Vieira, Former Ambassador of Brazil to the United States ; and Ricardo Ramirez, Chairman of WTO Appellate Body

2012
VIII Symposium: What is new on Trade?, September 17, 2012

Videos:

  • Welcoming Remarks (00:08:52)

  • Views on Trade Policy from Major Trade Partners (01:25:06)

  • Trade and Foreign Exchange Debate (01:33:22)

  • Trade X Development (01:02:04)

  • Luncheon Speaker (00:59:43) – Keynote Speaker: Fred Bergsten, Director, Perterson Institute for International Economics

2011
VII Symposium: Trade Policy under a New Reality, October 14, 2011

Videos:

  • Trade Barriers: How has trade policy changed in the U.S., E.U., Brazil and India?(01:02:00)

  • How is this new reality affecting multilateralism, trade liberalization, dispute settlement? (01:11:22)

  • Lunch (00:47:25) – Keynote Speaker: Otaviano Canuto, Vice President and Head of Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank

2010
VI Symposium: Perspectives for 2011 and Beyond on Trade Barriers, Preferential Trade Agreements, Climate Change and Trade, October 1, 2010

Videos:

  • Welcoming Remarks / Panel I: Trade Barriers: Current Situation and Perspectives for 2011 and Beyond (01:15:47)

  • Preferential Trade Agreements: Current Situation and Perspectives for 2011 and Beyond (00:56:31)

  • Climate Change and Trade: Current Situation and Perspectives for 2011 and Beyond / Closing Remarks (01:12:12)

  • Luncheon / Keynote Address (00:27:24) – Keynote Speaker: Bernard Hoekman, Director, International Trade Department, World Bank

Trade-related events

2017

“Symposium on Comparative Law of Contract: Brazil and the United States” featuring Brazil’s top judges, law professors and attorneys, organized by the Justiça e Cidadania Institute and the Brazil-U.S. Legal & Judicial Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law.

Videos: 

Specialized trade courts in Brazil with Minister Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva

Tribunais especializados em comércio no Brasil com o Ministro Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva 

“The Future of U.S. Trade Agreements Under the Trump Administration” presented by the Trade Investment and Development (TID) program and the International Trade & Investment Law Society (ITILS). Speakers included: Simon Lester (Cato Institute), Jorge Rubio (White & Case, formerly with Mexico’s Ministry of Economy), Michael Jacobson (Hogan Lovells) and Vanessa Sciarra (National Foreign Trade Council)

Video:

U.S. trade regime under the Trump Administration

2016

The Tenth International Trade and Investment Law Society Program and Distinguished Alumni Dinner, including a two-panel event on Zeroing in Anti-Dumping Investigations, and on Potential Expiration of China’s Non-Market Economy Status (April 14, 2016), organized by ITILS in collaboration with TID.

 

XXIV Meeting of the Trade Policy Experts Group (March 15, 2016), organized by the ABCI and TID. Keynote speaker: Mr. Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD.

 

Trade Remedies in Canada: A Comparison with the United States (February 25, 2016), Presented by the Trade, Invesmtnet and Development Program (TID)

Video: Trade Remedies in Canada

 

The Future of International Trade and Investment Law: A Discussion of Recent Developments and Opportunities for Legal Professionals (February 13, 2016), Presented by ITILS and the Trade, Investment and Development Program (TID).

 

ISDS in TTIP: A Discussion on the Appelate Body Mechanism in International Arbitration (January 28, 2016), Presented by ITILS, Center on International Commercial Arbitration, and Program on Trade, Investment and Development (TID).

2015

Navigating EU Law and the Law of International Arbitration, (November 16, 2015), Presented by PIOLD, TID, Business Law Program, Center on International Commercial Arbitration, and European Law Association.

 

Understanding TPP: A Conversation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, (November 10, 2015), Presented by ITILS and the Trade, Investment and Development Program (TID).

Video: Understanding TPP

 

WTO Accessions and Trade Multilateralism: Case Studies and Lessons from the WTO at Twenty, (October 15, 2015), Presented by the Trade, Investment and Development Program (TID).

Video: WTO Accessions and Trade Multilateralism

 

The Annual (9th) International Trade and Investment Law Society Distinguished Alumni Panel and Dinner, (April 15, 2015) Presented by International Trade and Investment Law Society.

Videos:

Panels: The Future of WTO Dispute Settlement and Investor-State Dispute Settlements in the Face of Recent Grassroots and Public Push-Back

Awards Dinner

 

Trade Defense and Remedies: An Update on Brazilian Developments, a presentation by Felipe Hees, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the WTO (February 26, 2015). Presented by the Trade, Investment and Development Program (TID).

Video:Trade Defense and Remedies

 

A Tale of Three Cassandras: Jean Monnet, Raul Prebisch, and Adebayo Adedeji, a lecture by Adekeye Adebajo, Executive Director of the Center for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa (January 22, 2015). Presented by the Trade, Investment and Development Program (TID).

Video: A Tale of Three Cassandras

2014

Round Table Series: A Discussion on Current Trade Issues and Investment Arbitration (November 2014), presented by the Center on International Commercial Arbitration

 

Addressing Corruption in Global Trade – Keynote Speaker: Pascal Lamy, Former WTO Director General (September 2014), presented by the Anti-Corruption Law Program

Video: Addressing Corruption in Global Trade

 

8th  Annual International Trade and Investment Law Society Distinguished Alumni Dinner: Currency Manipulation: Targeted Remedies, Negotiated Solutions, and How These Proposals May be Connected (April 2014), presented by ITILS

 

Managing the Global Environment through Trade: WTO, TPP and TTIP Negotiations, and Bilateral Investment Treaties Versus Regional Trade Agreements (February 2014), presented by the American University International Law Review and the International Trade and Investment Law Society (ITILS)

Video: Managing the Global Environment Through Trade

2013

EU-US  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – Keynote Speaker:  His Excellencies João Vale de Almeida, Ambassadors of the European Union to the United States (November 2013), presented by the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy

Video: The EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

 

The History and Future of the World Trade Organization, Book-Launch and Panel Discussion, Washington College of Law (October 16, 2013)

 

7th Annual International Trade and Investment Law Society Alumni Dinner: Impact of a Successful EU-US Trade Agreement and the Transpacific Partnership Agreement on World Trade, (April 2013), presented by ITILS

2012

Intellectual Property, Trade and Development (September 2012), presented by the PIPJIP

 

6th Annual International Trade and Investment Law Society Alumni Dinner: Securing the Benefits of Trade and Investment Through Transparency and Anti-Corruption (April 2012), presented by ITILS

 

Discussion with Johann Human, Director of WTO Rules Division (February 2012), presented by the Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy; ABCI Institute; International Trade and Investment Law Society

 

Discussion with  Chiedu Osakwe, Director of the WTO Accessions Division: Russia’s Accession to the World Trade Organization (January 2012), presented by Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy, Office of the Dean, and International Trade and Investment Law Society

2011

5th Annual International Trade and Investment Law Society Alumni Dinner: Are Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Remedies Still Viable For U.S. Producers?(April 2011), presented by ITILS and the ABA Section on International Law, International Trade Committee

2010

4th Annual International Trade and Investment Law Society Alumni Dinner: Climate Change Heats Up the Trade Debate: The Impact of Evolving Climate Change,(April 2010), presented by ITILS and the ABA Section on International Law, International Trade Committee

2009 and earlier

A Conversation with WTO Appellate Body Member Ricardo Ramirez (September 2009)

WTO Dispute Settlement: Challenges and Successes (May 2009)

Global Governance and the WTO: A Conversation about the Past, Present and Future of the Dispute Settlement Mechanism of the WTO (November 2008)

Trade as Guarantor of Peace, Liberty and Security? American Society of International Law (ASIL) – International Economic Law Group (IELG)/Washington College of Law Conference (February 2005).

An Environmentally Friendly WTO? Washington College of Law, American University, sponsored by Environmental Law Society (October 2001).

Role of Civil Society at the WTO, World Bank and the IMF, Annual Meeting of the American Branch of the International Law Association, New York City (October 2000).

Prominent conference panelists:

His Excellency João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States

His Excellency Mauro Vieira, Former Ambassador of Brazil to the United States (currently Foreign Minister of Brazil)

Pascal Lamy – former Director General of the WTO

Alejandro Jara –  former Deputy Director General of the WTO (2005-2013), Counsel at King & Spalding LLP

Ricardo Ramirez ‘94 – Chair of WTO Appellate Body and alum of the LLM Program

Johann Human – Director of WTO Rules Division

Chiedu Osakwe – Director of WTO Accessions Division

Jennifer Hillman – former WTO Appellate Body

 

To watch part of the event please visit the American University webcast library.