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Global Trade Academy 2022

Review and Reform of Legal Foundations for more Inclusive Trade and Sustainable Development

A profound shift is occurring in international trade law. Due to several converging factors, and accelerated by the ongoing pandemic, the global trading system is increasingly moving in a direction of sustainable development and decentralized rulemaking. Regionalism is on the rise, supply chains are getting re-evaluated, and multilateralism and the rules-based international trading system are being questioned. At the same time, there is an urgent call for the system to contribute to the fight against climate change, and to be updated to account for developments in digital trade, investment, and sustainability.

These changes in trade patterns on the ground, combined with the lack of support for the current multilateral rules and institutions, means that trade institutions and agreements, including the WTO, must be reviewed and reformed to find common purpose and to pivot to a focus on inclusive trade and sustainable development.

The Georgetown Law Institute of International Economic Law’s (IIEL) virtual/hybrid, five-day Global Trade Academy (GTA) will tackle these tough questions by providing participants with a custom- designed program exploring the legal foundations of the global trading system, along with regional trade agreements, and the relationships between trade and the environment and climate, gender, labor, health, development, and sustainable development goals- among other things. Learn more and register for the 2022 GTA here.

Through presentations, interactive policy conversations, breakout/networking sessions and a simulation, participants will learn from leading experts about the origins of the system—as well as take a deep dive into the most cutting-edge developments and disputes shaping the global economy. Please click here for a sneak peek of the 2022 Academy Agenda.

The GTA is a pillar of IIEL’s Executive Education program with over a decade of experience in training government, NGO, international organization, and private sector leaders. Joining with colleagues from around the globe, GTA cohorts strengthen their critical thinking about the role of the WTO in solving real-world commercial problems, and addressing fundamental policy challenges. For more information and to learn more about past year’s academies, please visit our website.

Who should attend? Diplomats, legal professionals, trade policy officials, members of the international business, IGO and NGO communities, academics, and others – including those from developing countries and transition economies. By design, this Executive Education program is open to more experienced leaders and younger professionals alike. One need not be an attorney to attend.

Sponsorship. Would you like to become a sponsor of the Academy or would you like to sponsor a participant? Please contact us at

Please contact IIEL Director Marie Kasperek at with further questions.

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DebtCon 5

5th Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference

The European University Institute will be hosting the 5th edition of the Interdisciplinary Sovereign Debt Research and Management Conference, on May 25-27, 2022 in Florence, Italy. In addition to DebtCon5, three side events will be held online – further information will be announced in due time, so stay tuned!

In this unique international and interdisciplinary conference, we welcome paper submissions from economists, finance and legal scholars, historians, political scientists, political economists, sociologists and anthropologists working in theoretical and empirical areas related to sovereign debt as well as from practitioners. Contributions from emerging scholars and junior policymakers are highly encouraged.

The objective of DebtCon5 is to discuss state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research on sovereign debt and related policy issues, and to foster interaction among academics, senior policymakers and supervisors, industry representatives, and other practitioners. The conference will include both high-level roundtables, where practice, policy and research will meet, and parallel sessions, where research papers will be presented. Emerging scholars will have the opportunity to present their work in an emerging-scholars side-event.

For more information, please visit the official DebtCon 5 website. 


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