Welcome remarks: 15:00-15:05 CET
- Chris Brummer | Agnes N. Williams Research Professor and Faculty Director, Institute of International Economic Law Georgetown University Law Center
Keynote speech: 15:05-15:30 CET
- George Mina | Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Australia to the WTO
Panel 1: WTO Plurilaterals - Unlocking the System, or Breaking it? 15:30-16:30 CET
Some WTO Members are championing deals with less than the full WTO membership as a way to make progress on issues from e-commerce to the environment, and have suggested several legal pathways for eventually incorporating them into the WTO framework. Other Members hold such plurilateral deals to be in violation of the letter of WTO law, its spirit, or both.
This panel will discuss the legal and systemic implications of the primary approaches being proposed, and the options available to their opponents and supporters.
- James Nedumpara | Professor and Head, Centre for Trade and Investment Law, New Delhi
- Myrto Zambarta | Head Of Unit, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission
- Nicolas Lamp | Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University
Gabrielle Marceau | Professor of WTO Law, University of Geneva; Senior Counselor, WTO Research Division
Panel 2: Hackathon Plenary - 16:45 - 17:45 CET
The 3 finalist teams will be invited to present and discuss their solutions before the Jury (listed below), ahead of the final determination of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
- Joost Pauwelyn | Head, International Law Department, Co-Director, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of Geneva; Murase Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
- Gabrielle Marceau | Professor of WTO Law, University of Geneva; Senior Counselor, WTO Research Division
- Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder | Executive Director, IISD Europe; Senior Director, Economic Law & Policy
- Dmitry Grozoubinski | Executive Director, Geneva Trade Platform
- Patricia Holmes | Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Australia to the WTO
- Kekeletso Mashigo | Counsellor (Economic & Legal), South African Permanent Mission to the WTO, SA Embassy, Geneva, Switzerland
- Yujin Kim McNamara | Partner, Akin Gump
- Katrin Kuhlmann | President and Founder, New Markets Lab; Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
- Marie Kasperek | Director, Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center
Panel 3: Agreeing on How to Disagree - WTO Dispute Settlement 2.0 - 18:00-19:00 CET
The WTO Dispute Settlement system was once considered the organization’s “jewel in the crown,” but that status is at risk with the Appellate Body empty and Members increasingly looking to unilateral, bilateral, or plurilateral approaches to resolve their disagreements.
In this discussion, eminent experts on international trade law will discuss the past, present and future of the dispute settlement system in light of the Biden Administration’s recently announced position, the European Union’s Trade Review and the ongoing impasse over the Appellate Body.
A the end of this session the winning team of the hackathon will be announced.
- João Aguiar Machado | Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the European Union to the WTO
- Jan-Yves Remy | Deputy Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services (SRC), University of the West Indies
- Kathleen Claussen | Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami Law School
- LI Yihong | Minister & Deputy Permanent Representative, Chinese Permanent Mission to the WTO
- Jennifer Hillman | Senior Fellow, Trade and International Political Economy, Council on Foreign Relations; Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law; Former Member, World Trade Organization Appellate Body
Virtual Career session: 19:00-20:00 CET
This session will be held on our GTP Gather.Town space and will feature insights from our partners Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP, Lee & Ko, The World Trade Organization as well as representatives from The Graduate Institute Geneva & the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) - Georgetown Law.