The Future of Trade Defence Instruments: Global Policy Trends and Legal Challenges conference will take place in Brussels from March 30-31, 2017. It is jointly organized by the University of Passau, the Europa-Institut Saarbrücken, the Institute of European and International Economic Law & the World Trade Institute - University of Berne, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
This conference is being organized against the backdrop of envisaged important modifications to the European Union’s Trade Defence Instruments. The conference will (i) analyze Trade Defence Instruments in their socio-economic, political and legal contexts; (ii) describe the changing international environment, in particular as regards the WTO framework; (iii) look at the EU rules as they exist today, seven years after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty; and (iv) consider the envisaged changes to such rules. Finally, the conference will (v) contrast the EU’s Trade Defence Instruments with other related legal instruments, such as competition law or regional trade agreements. In this context the implications for the future relationship with the UK after Brexit will also be analyzed.