Academic Symposium  

Wednesday, April 27 (8:30 am – 6:15 pm) & Thursday, April 28 (8:20 am – noon)

Prior to the start of the official conference, invited participants will discuss their latest academic research concerning topics of relevance for WTO dispute settlement.  Some of the topics that will be discussed include:

  • WTO dispute settlement: past, present, and future practice
  • Deep integration and regime fragmentation
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Services trade
  • Developing countries
  • Climate change and environment
  • Digital trade
  • Trade and investment
  • Other recent issues

Note that the symposium sessions will be open to the public.   All talks will take place at Milstein Conference Center, Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School.

Official Conference

Thursday, April 28 (1:00 – 6:15 pm)

Session 1: The WTO at 20: Successes and Problems

Session 2: Are WTO Rules Out of Date?  Regional Trade Agreements, Diverse Socio-Economic Conditions, and WTO Dispute Settlement

Keynote Address: Professor Lawrence Summers, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2001) and President Emeritus, Harvard University, with Ambassador Susan Schwab (USTR, 2006-09)

Friday, April 29 (8:20 am – 6:00 pm)

Session 3: The Future of Trade Remedies

Session 4: Evolution of WTO Rules: Textual vs. Flexible Interpretation

Session 5: Newly Emergent Issues: Digital Trade, Services, Finance, and Regulatory Policies

Session 6: A Look Ahead at the WTO’s Third Decade

A more detailed version of the schedule is available for participants who have registered for the conference.  Please login to the conference website to view the more detailed schedule.

Please note that the official conference sessions are open only to conference invitees that have registered.  Registration will close once capacity is reached or in late April in advance of the conference.  No same-day registration is available.

The schedule above is tentative and may be subject to change.