CITD's first annual spring conference, Rethinking World Trade 2023, will be held on Thursday April 13 on the margins of the World Bank/IMF spring meetings. Our conference will bring together the academic community, trade practitioners, and policymakers to reimagine our trading system in the midst of the paradigm shift occurring in the trade realm and the increasing focus on inclusive and sustainable trade.
This year’s Rethinking World Trade conference will feature four panels on the following themes: 1) what is working and not working with the global trading system; 2) what is inclusive trade and development, and how should it shape the global trading system of the future; 3) how could initiatives on gender and trade deliver real results; and 4) what are the building blocks of an inclusive digital trade agenda. We invite you to speak on the third panel focused on gender and trade.
Rethinking World Trade will be a day-long, in-person event at the Georgetown University Law Center with panelists presenting avant-garde research and policy recommendations. To allow the greatest amount of diversity in our viewership, the conference will also offer the option for attendees to join virtually through Georgetown’s state-of-the-art virtual event platform.
This December, CITD Co-Director Katrin Kuhlmann presented her research at the WTO's Trade Congress on Gender: Gender Equality for Sustainable Trade and Recovery. The three-day event was the first of its kind, featuring top researchers and their ground-breaking analysis of the relationship between trade and inclusivity. With 82 of the world's top gender and trade researchers presenting across 15 sessions to nearly 1,000 participants, the Congress laid the groundwork for innovative global solutions to the 21st century's unprecedented challenges. Georgetown Law's Kuhlmann presented her paper Gender Mainstreaming in Trade Agreements: "A Potemkin Facade"?, co-authored with Amrita Bahri, in addition to hosting CITD and the DisAbled Women's Network of Canada's joint discussion, "Making Trade Agreements Work for People with Disabilities."
In her recent conversation with the Friends of Multilateralism Group, Jennifer Hillman discussed recent major developments in US trade policy since 2018, and the transition of trade priorities from the Trump administration to that of President Biden. Hillman then described the US move to an initiatives-centric economic policy, especially with regards to international trade. Several key shifts in perceptions around US trade policy will shape the outcome of WTO trade efforts.