WTO Public Forum Panel: Transparency and the Proliferation of Regional Trade Agreements

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 4:00 PM
WTO Building, Room: F, Geneva, Switzerland
Private Event: Panel Discussion
Sep 27

Participation in this event is by invitation only

This panel, organized by CIGI, will discuss the potential exclusionary properties of RTAs and how these can be mitigated by the establishment of enhanced transparency mechanisms in the WTO.

The Transparency Mechanisms on RTAs reflect some of the most recent transparency challenges in the WTO. The panel will discuss the transformation of the current provisional Transparency Mechanisms into a permanent mechanism on regional trade agreement and will address the inclusiveness potential created by the two mechanisms for developing and least developed countries, other small and medium-sized economies that are not part of RTAs and various industries that request information on the effect of the proliferating RTAs on WTO rules.

It will also aim to propose next steps for the Committee on Regional Trade Agreements in order to ensure that the WTO remains as inclusive in view of the expansion of the spaghetti bowl of RTAs for Member States officials, practitioners and businesses alike. 

Event Speakers

Maria Panezi is a research fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. She holds a Ph.D. in law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, where she wrote her dissertation on transparency in the World Trade Organization.

Markus Gehring is a CIGI senior fellow focusing on international economic law, trade and climate change, as well as trade, investment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.

David A. Gantz is a CIGI senior fellow who contributes to projects relating to contemporary trade and investment legal and policy issues. These include the Brexit process between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and innovations in international trade and investment law.