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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Public Event: Panel Discussion

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 with expertise in investor-state arbitration.

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

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Thomas Cottier is a member of the international law advisory committee 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 in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.

Valerie Hughes is a senior fellow at CIGI, senior counsel with Bennett Jones LLP and adjunct assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University. She spent 22 years with the Government of Canada in various positions, including assistant deputy minister, Law Branch, at Finance Canada; director and general counsel of the Trade Law Bureau in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada); and senior counsel in the International Law Section at Justice Canada.