WEDNESDAY: Trade Wars on Agenda at Georgetown Law

July 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) and the Graduate Institute Geneva will cohost the “G2 Conference on Resolving Disputes in International Economic Law” at Georgetown Law on Wednesday, July 11.


Just as trade wars heat up, World Trade Organization dispute resolution is facing a crisis that could further threaten the global rules-based trading system. In a keynote address at the “G2 Conference on Resolving Disputes in International Economic Law,” the outgoing chairman of the WTO’s highest court, Ricardo Ramirez-Hernandez, will give his first formal remarks about the WTO since ending his term in May. The daylong conference’s expert panels will also discuss the current trade wars and populism, European digital taxes and U.S. tax reforms, technology and innovation, and China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative to supercharge trade channels with neighbors to the west.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018
9:45 am – 5:15 pm


Georgetown Law
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor*
120 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

*Keynote/luncheon will be in the adjacent Sport & Fitness building lobby


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9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Welcome

Prof. Chris Brummer, IIEL faculty director, Georgetown Law
Prof. Joost Pauwelyn, The Graduate Institute, Geneva

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Panel 1 – Are Europe’s Digital Taxes and U.S. Tax Reforms (Economically Equivalent to) Subsidies—and are they Compliant with WTO Law?

Philippe De Baere (moderator), Van Bael & Bellis
Grant Aldonas, IIEL Executive Director
Damien Levie, Head, Trade and Agriculture Section
Delegation of the E.U. to the U.S.
Prof. Lilian V. Faulhaber, Georgetown Law
Prof. Itai Grinberg, Georgetown Law

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Panel 2 – Can International Economic Law Accommodate Populism?

Prof. Jennifer Hillman (mod.), Georgetown Law; former member, WTO Appellate body
Karen Antebi, Economic Counselor, Trade & NAFTA Office Embassy of Mexico
Kichang Chung, Lee & Ko
Seoul, South Korea
Prof. Robert Howse, NYU School of Law
Simon Lester
, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Inu Manak
, The Cato Institute and Georgetown University Ph.D. candidate

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Luncheon Keynote and Q&A – Can the WTO Dispute Resolution System Be Fixed?

Introduction: Prof. Jennifer Hillman, Georgetown Law
Remarks: Ricardo Ramírez-Hernández, Former Chairman WTO Appellate Body

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Panel 3 – Roundtable on Technology: Strategies by Which Countries are Making and Taking Innovation

Naboth van den Broek (moderator), WilmerHale
Prof. Douglas Arner, The University of Hong Kong
Clay Lowery, Former Assistant Secretary of International Affairs, U.S. Treasury; Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC
Federico Lupo-Pasini, School of Law Queen’s University, Belfast
Prof. Shin-yi Peng
, National Tsing Hua University;
Co-Executive Vice President, Society of International Economic Law
Andrew Staines, Ambassador & Deputy Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the WTO and United Nations

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Screening & Panel Discussion, with Q&A – “China: The New Silk Road,” Great Decisions Series, the Foreign Policy Association/PBS

Prof. Chris Brummer (moderator), IIEL, Georgetown Law
Dr. Alexis Crow, Geopolitical Investing Team Leader, PwC, US
David Dollar, China Center,
The Brookings Institution
Prof. James Feinerman, Associate Dean for Transnational Programs; Co-Director, Georgetown Law Asia, Georgetown Law
Bart Oosterveld, Director, Global Business & Economics Program
Atlantic Council