Rethinking the WTO: Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation

March 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, BRUSSELS, GENEVA and SINGAPORE -- On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Georgetown Law’s IIEL will host leading legal and policy experts from the U.S., EU, and China to discuss opportunities for transatlantic cooperation on WTO reform, as well as China’s role and perspective.


“There is hope at the WTO this year, but we need to channel it wisely. There is much to do to both repair the system and mobilize it to achieve some wins at the Ministerial Conference in December,” Australia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) George Mina recently stated.

To this end, the European Union (EU) recently published a comprehensive proposal on “Reforming the WTO: Towards a Sustainable and Effective Multilateral Trading System” as part of the EU’s Trade Policy Review. The United States and the EU coming together on a reform agenda is an essential building block of multilateral success, according to the report. The expert panelists in this webinar will discuss opportunities for cooperation between the two transatlantic economic giants, while addressing the ubiquitous elephant in the room: the People’s Republic of China.

This is the second event in the series on ‘Rethinking the WTO,’ hosted by Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL). The series will continue in the run-up to the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva to be held the week of November 29. For more information on the series, contact Senior Visiting IIEL Fellow David Kleimann.



Sabine Weyand, Director General, Directorate General for External Trade, European Commission

Jennifer Hillman, Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law; Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Member, World Trade Organization Appellate Body

Thomas Graham, Partner, Cassidy Levy Kent; Former Member and Chair, World Trade Organization Appellate Body

Henry Gao, Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University; Dongfang Scholar Chair Professor, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade; Advisory Board Member, World Trade Organization Chairs Program


Joost Pauwelyn, Murase Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown Law; Professor of International Law and Co-Director, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Graduate Institute of Geneva;

Introductory Remarks

David Kleimann, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for International Economic Law, Georgetown Law; Executive Council Member, Society for International Economic Law


Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
9:00 A.M.– 10:30 A.M. EST
(3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. CET)


Please RSVP here for the webinar.

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