Reshaping International Trade and Investment to Serve a Complex and Changing World

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Westin Ottawa , 11 Colonel By Drive , Ottawa
Public Event: Panel Discussion
Jan 18

From unexpected US election results to UK citizens voting to leave the EU, 2016 marked a shift in the outlook for global economic activity and trade. As the new year begins, CIGI gathers top policy, legal and economic experts to discuss how to advance a progressive trade agenda in the face of the uncertainty and change over the past year.

While the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was signed by Canada and the EU, this major Canadian trade initiative led to public protests in Europe and almost failed. Its ultimate ratification is still not assured. The Europe that Canada negotiated with seems likely to be diminished by the exit of the UK, Canada’s single largest EU trading partner. The US president-elect has said he will terminate the US commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), renegotiate North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the prospects for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) seem dim.

This panel, featuring CIGI experts on global politics, global economy and international law, will explore what can we learn from these events and how to push a progressive trade agenda forward in 2017.

*This public event will be preceded by a private, half day roundtable with experts from governmental, academic, and private sectors.

Event Speakers

David Schneiderman is a CIGI senior fellow currently researching investor state arbitration. 

Hugo Perezcano Díaz was the deputy director of International Economic Law at CIGI.

As director of international law at CIGI, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and is a member of the Commission on Global Economic Transformation, co-chaired by Nobel economics laureates Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz. 

Thomas Cottier is a member of the advisory committee of the International Law Research Program at CIGI; professor emeritus of European and international economic law at the University of Bern; senior research fellow at the World Trade Institute; and adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. 

Valerie Hughes is senior counsel with Bennett Jones LLP in Ottawa, Canada, where she practices international trade law. She is also a senior fellow at CIGI and an adjunct assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, where she teaches international trade law. Valerie served as director of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Legal Affairs Division (2010-2016) and director of the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat (2001-2005).