SIEL Inaugural Conference*


with the


Centre for Trade and Economic Integration


at the

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Villa Barton, 132 Rue de Lausanne, Geneva, Switzerland.


Draft Program

 (As of 5 July, 2008 – Subject to Change)


Many of the SIEL conference papers are available through SSRN:  We will continue to add new papers as we receive them.


            TUESDAY JULY 15:

13:00   Registration Open (Villa Barton, 132 Rue de Lausanne)


IEL Organizations’ Meetings

    13:30-15:00     Women in International Economic Law (WIEL) Meeting

    15:00-16:00     Africa Region Roundtable

    15:00-17:00     Australia & New Zealand Research Roundtable

    15:00-16:00     European Society of International Law - IELIG Meeting

    15:00-16:00     Latin America/South America Region Roundtable

    16:00-16:55    American Society of International Law - IELG Meeting

    16:00-17:00    Asian WTO Research Network Meeting

17:45               Formal Welcome by the SIEL


                        Donald M. McRae – Interim President SIEL

Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law, Law Faculty (Common Law Section), Univ. of Ottawa & Member, UN International Law Commission


                        Andrew Lang, Co-Chair, Founding Committee SIEL

                        Law Department, London School of Economics


                        Colin B. Picker, Co-Chair, Founding Committee SIEL

Daniel L. Brenner/UMKC Scholar & Professor of Law

Univ. of Missouri Kansas City School of Law


                        Formal Welcome by the Graduate Institute's Centre for Trade and                         Economic Integration


Joost Pauwelyn, Professor of International Law, the Graduate Institute, Geneva & Member, SIEL Conference Committee


18:15               The Robert Hudec Lecture


                                    Personal Reflections on Robert Hudec:          


David Trubek, Senior Fellow, Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) Voss-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus University of Wisconsin Law School


                                    The Robert Hudec Lecture:                                   


John H. Jackson, University Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center


                                    Distinguished Discussant:                                          


Laurence Boisson-de-Chazournes, Professor of International Law and Director of the Department of Public International Law and International Organization at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva


19:45               Robert Hudec Lecture Reception (Sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP)


            WEDNESDAY JULY 16:

08:30   Registration Open




Panel I:  A Field Guide to Developing Country Participation in the WTO DSS: Case Studies of Brazil, Bangladesh, Chile, and Egypt (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) Panel)

Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, Chief Executive, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (Moderator)


Mathias Francke, Deputy Chief of Mission, Permanent Mission of Chile to the WTO, Geneva

Chile’s Role in Cases that Have Significant Systemic and Precedential Value.


Dr. Michelle Ratton Sanchez, Professor of Law at the Law School of Sao Paulo, Getúlio Vargas Foundation (DireitoGV)

An In-Depth Look at How Brazil has Adapted Institutionally to Respond to a More Legalised and Judicialised WTO Regime


Ambassador Dr. Magda Shahin, Director, Trade-Related Assistance Center (TRAC), American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt

The Challenges Facing Developing Countries, and African Countries in Particular, in Effectively Engaging in the DSU


                                                            Concurrent with


                        Panel II:  Transparency in Int’l Trade & Investment Dispute Settlement


Junji Nakagawa, Professor of International Economic Law, Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo (Moderator)


Yuka Fukunaga, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Waseda University (Japan)

Transparency of the Trade Dispute Settlement Process


Daniel Magraw President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Washington, D.C. 

Discusses Ways and Means of Citizens’ Participation in these Dispute Settlement Procedures


Federico Ortino, Lecturer, King’s College London

Internal and external transparency of investment arbitration awards


Dr. Isabelle Van Damme, Turpin-Lipstein Fellow, College Lecturer, Clare College Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge

Inherent Powers of the WTO’s Appellate Body


                                                            Concurrent with


            Panel III:  IEL & Intellectual Property: The Challenges Ahead


Christopher J. Cochlin, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, Ottawa, Canada (Moderator)


Alessandra Arcuri, Assistant Professor, School of Law - Erasmus University Rotterdam

How Innovative is Innovative Enough? Reflection on the Interpretation of Article 27 TRIPS from Novartis v India


Professor Susy Frankel, Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington; Co-Director, New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law”

Is Nullification and Impairment of the TRIPS Agreement Possible “As a Result” of TRIPS-Plus Agreements?


Professor Bryan Mercurio, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Law (paper summary presented in absentia)

Beyond Access to Medicines:  Promoting Health Services in the Developing World


Antony Taubman, Director (a/g), Global IP Issues, World Intellectual Property Organization College of Law and Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, Australian National University (on leave) (Presenting in a personal and not an official capacity)

The Lasagne Effect: Bilateral, Regional and Multilateral Standards, and the Settlement of Disputes Over Trade and Intellectual Property


                                                            Concurrent with


            Panel IV: The WTO Agreement and Trade Effects


Petros Mavroidis, Columbia Law School & Université de Neuchâtel (Moderator)


Chi Carmody, Associate Professor & Canadian Director, Canada-United States Law Institute, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario

Rules, Effects and the Structure of WTO Law


Mary Footer, Professor of International Economic Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education, University of Nottingham

The Role of 'Soft' Law Norms in Reconciling the Antinomies of WTO Law


Shin-yi Peng, Professor and Director, Institute of Law for Science and Technology, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Quantification of WTO Services Trade: Rethinking the GATS' Negotiating Modalities, Scheduling Technology and Legal Precision


10:30-11:00     Tea/Coffee




Panel V: International Investment Law as a Special Branch of International & Comparative Public Law?


Professor Thomas W. Wälde, CEPMLP, Univ. of Dundee & Essex Court Chambers


Professor Dr. Anne van Aaken, Max Schmidheiny Foundation, Professor for Law and Economics, Public, International and European Law, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland


Giacinto della Cananea, Professor of Administrative Law and EU Law University of Naples "Federico II", Italy


Oscar M. Garibaldi, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington D.C.


Gus Van Harten, Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada


Devashish Krishan, Baker Botts, LLP, Washington D.C.


Stephan Schill, Research Scholar, New York University School of Law


                                                            Concurrent with


Panel VI:  Trade Liberalization and the Problematic of Corruption in Pursuing Development through Trade


Isabella D. Bunn, University of Oxford, Regent's Park College

Oxford, England & Chair of Ethics, Florida Institute of Technology College of Business (Moderator)


Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, Research Fellow, World Trade Institute, University of Bern

Corruption’s Effects on Trade Liberalization and the Corruption-reducing Potentials of the Current WTO Texts


Robert Kasper, Attaché, United States Mission to the World Trade Organization, Geneva

The Role of Corruption in the GPA Context


Juanita Olaya, Revenue Transparency Programme Manager,

Transparency International (TI), International Secretariat, Berlin

Learning from Other Organizations: How Could the WTO Pursue an Anti-Corruption Agenda?


Professor Padideh Ala’i, American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.

The Global Anti-Corruption Movement and the Evolving Role of the WTO in Promoting Transparency and Good Governance 


                                                            Concurrent with


            Panel VII: Law and Development: The Challenges Ahead


Professor Yong-Shik Lee, St. John’s University School of Law Facilitation of Economic Development Through Microtrade: Theoretical Basis and Regulatory Framework (Moderator)


Professor Won-Mog Choi, Associate Professor of Law at Ewha Women's University College of Law

Enabling Clause or Disabling Clause? Legal Problems of making RTAs  with Less Developed Economies


Professor Caf Dowlah, Professor of Economics, The City University of New York

The Generalized System of Preferences of the United States:  Does it Promote Industrialization and Economic Growth in Least Developed Countries?


Ambassador Faizel Ismail, Head of the South African Delegation to the WTO

Aid for Trade – An Essential Component of the Multilateral Trading System and the WTO Doha Development Agenda


Professor Mitsuo Matsushita, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Tokyo and former member of the WTO Appellate Body

Proliferation of Free Trade Agreements and Some Systemic Issues - In Relation to the WTO Disciplines and Development Perspectives


13.00-14:30     Lunch


14:30 -15:30    Plenary: Challenges in Investment in IEL


                                    Key Note


Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Partner at Levy Kaufman-Kohler and Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva


                                    Distinguished Discussant    


                                               Dr. Alejandro A. Escobar, Special Counsel,

                                               Baker Botts, London




            Panel VIII: IEL & the Environment: The Challenges Ahead


Joshua Meltzer, First Secretary (Trade Policy), Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C. (Moderator)


Kamala Dawar, University of Amsterdam Law School

Assessing Labour and Environmental Regimes in Regional Trading Arrangements


Kate Miles, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney

International Investment Law and Climate Change: Issues in the Transition to a Low Carbon World


Fabio Morosini, Professor of Law, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

The MERCOSUR and WTO Retreaded Tires Dispute: Rehabilitating Regulatory Competition in International Trade and Environmental Regulation


René Uruena, Research Fellow  - Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research (Helsinki, Finland); Lecturer, Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia)

No Unity for this Diversity: International Trade Law and Fragmentation in Water Regulation


                        Concurrent with


Panel IX: Regional Trade Agreements: The Challenges Ahead


Armand de Mestral C.M., Jean Monnet Professor of Law

McGill University (Moderator)


Dr. Douglas Arner, Director, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong

Regional Financial Arrangements: Experiences and Lessons


Dr Alberta Fabbricotti, Researcher in International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Rome "La Sapienza"

The Interplay Between the WTO and Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs): Is It A Question of Interrelation Between Different Sources of International Law?


Tomohiko Kobayashi, Associate Professor of International Economic Law, Department of Law, Otaru University of Commerce, Japan.

RTA as an International Institution: A Multi-dimensional Comparison of its Institutional Arrangement


Wen-chen Shih, Associate Professor of Law, Department of International Business, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

Energy Security, GATT/WTO and Regional Agreements


                                                            Concurrent with


            Panel X: New Decision Makers in International Economic Law


Nicolas Lockhart, Sidley Austin LLP (formerly Appellate Body Secretariat, WTO) (Moderator)


William W. Burke-White, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

New Adjudicators, “Constitutional” Disputes, and the Need for New Approaches to Adjudication

Dr. Andrew D Mitchell, Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne; Scholar-in-Residence, International Arbitration Department, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (London); and

Dr. Maxi Scherer, Counsel,  International Arbitration Department, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (London); Permanent Lecturer at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne

With an Eye to the Past: The Use of Precedent by the New Decision-Makers in International Economic Law

David Zaring, Assistant Professor, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Choosing Between Arbitrators and Judges in International Economic Law


17:15-17:30     Coffee




            Panel XI: Legitimacy, Human Rights and Sustainable Development


Chantal Thomas, Chair and Ibrahim Shihata Visiting Professor of Law (2007-08), Law Faculty, the American University in Cairo & Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School (Moderator)


Dr. Carolyn Deere, Director, Global Trade Governance Project

Global Economic Governance Programme, University of Oxford

Governing the WTO: A Reform Agenda that Works for Sustainable Development and Developing Countries


M.Yakub A. Kadir, International Law Lecture, State Institute of Ar-Raniry, Aceh, Indonesia & Legal Development Manager, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency for Aceh-Nias, Indonesia

Toward a New Paradigm of the Right to Self Determination in the World Trading System


Markus Krajewski, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Potsdam, Germany

Democratic Governance as an Emerging Principle of International Economic Law


Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL); Directrice adj, Ressources naturelles Canada; and Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law

World Trade Law as a Commitment to Our Common Future?


                        Concurrent with


            Panel XII: Non-traditional IEL Participants


Todd Grierson-Weiler,, London, Ontario, Canada (Moderator)


Dr. Jan Bohanes, Sidley Austin LLP, Geneva

(Formerly Legal Officer at the Appellate Body Secretariat)

The (Untapped) Potential of WTO Rules to Discipline Private Party Actions


Christopher M. Bruner, Assistant Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law

States, Markets, and Gatekeepers:  Public-Private Regulatory Regimes in an Era of Economic Globalization


Michelle Healy, Legal Affairs Officer in the Rules Division of the WTO The Treatment of Corporate Entities in WTO Law


Brigitte Stern, Professor of International Law at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. (Commentator)


                                                            Concurrent with


            Panel XIII: Regulating Foreign Investment: Challenges Ahead


Jean-Pierre Laviec, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Moderator)


Marek Jeżewski, Institute for International Law, European Law and International Relations, UKSW in Warsaw, Poland

There is No Freedom Without Solidarity: Towards a New Definition of 'Investment' in IEL


Jürgen Kurtz, Senior Lecturer and Director, International Economic Law Research Programme, Institute for International Law and the Humanities, The University of Melbourne Law School

Adjudging the Exceptional at International Law: Security, Public Order and Financial Crisis


Lorenza Mola, Research Fellow, University of Turin

Which Role for the EU in the Development of International Investment Law?


Martins Paparinskis, D Phil cand, University of Oxford, the Queen's College, AHRC Scholar.

Investment Arbitration and the Law of Countermeasures


20:00               Lake Cruise Sponsored by King & Spalding



            THURSDAY JULY 17:



 Panel XIV: China and WTO Law: New Challenges and New Prospects


Zhaojie Li, Professor of International Law, Tsinghua University  School of Law in Beijing (Moderator)


Julia Ya Qin, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law 
School; Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University School of Law

The Challenge of Interpreting WTO-Plus Obligations


Qingjiang Kong, Faculty of Law, Zhejiang Gongshang University

TRIPS Copyright Protection and Censorship


Xiaojie Lu, Lecturer of Law, Tsinghua University Law School


Applying the “Specificity Test” in the Context of Foreign Investment Policies of China


Henry Gao, Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University (on leave from the University of Hong Kong)

The Trade Barrier Investigation Mechanisms in China


JiangYu Wang, Associate Professor, School of Law, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
China’s Foreign Exchange Rate Mechanism


Michelle Q. Zang, PhD Candidate, Law Department, Durham University

The WTO Contingent Trade Instruments against China: What does the Accession Bring?


                                    Concurrent with


Panel XV: IEL Governance


Amy Porges, Sidley Austin LLP, Washington, D.C. (Moderator)


Andrew Lang, Lecturer, London School of Economics

Institutional experimentalism and international economic governance


Gregory Shaffer, James L. Krusemark Chair of International Law at the University of Minnesota Law School

How Hard and Soft Law Interact in International Regulatory Governance: Alternatives, Complements and Antagonists


Margaret Young, William Charnley Research Fellow in Public International Law, Pembroke College and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, the University of Cambridge

Information-Sharing and Governance in the Negotiation of WTO

Disciplines: The Doha Negotiations on Fisheries Subsidies


                                                            Concurrent with


            Panel XVI: IEL Dispute Resolution: The Challenges Ahead


Galina Zukova, Riga Graduate School of Law (Moderator)


Sungjoon Cho, Assistant Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Toward a Constitutional Adjudication in the WTO


Juscelino F. Colares, Associate Professor, Syracuse University College of Law

A Positive Theory of WTO Litigation


Susan D. Franck, Associate Professor, Washington & Lee University School of Law

Empirically Analyzing Variables Implicating the Outcomes of Arbitration Awards and the Repercussions for Designing Dispute Resolution Systems


Stephen J. Orava, Partner - King & Spalding, LLP and Ben Love, King & Spalding, LLP

Assessing the Multitude of Options in Trade and Investment Disputes and Evaluating Potential Conflicts Among Them: A Practitioner’s Perspective


Annamaria Viterbo, Ph.D. in International Economic Law

University of Torino, Faculty of Law

Dispute Settlement Over Exchange Measures Affecting Trade and Investment: The Overlapping Jurisdiction of the IMF, WTO and ICSID


Concurrent with


            Panel XVII: Africa and Economic Partnership Agreements


Dr. Lorand Bartels, University Lecturer in International Law and Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge (Moderator)


Ruth Kelly, LLM Candidate, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge

WTO Compatibility and the Legal Form of EPAs: A Case Study of Eastern and Southern Africa


Offah Ako Obale, University of Cape Town, South Africa

The Role of International Economic Law in Africa


Richard Frimpong Oppong, Lecturer in Law, Lancaster University Law School (Ph.D Candidate, University of British Columbia)

A Relational Theory of Economic Integration and its Implications for Africa’s Economic Integration Initiatives


Aniekan Iboro Ukpe, Graduating Post-Graduate Student, CEPMLP, University of Dundee.

Will the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements Foster the Integration of the ACP Countries into the Global Trading System?


11:00-11:30     Coffee/tea




                        Panel XVIII:   Towards International Regulation of Labor Migration


Dr. Tomer Broude, Faculty of Law and Department of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Moderator)

Hamid Mamdouh, Director, Trade in Services Division, WTO

Michele Klein-Solomon, Director of the Migration Policy, Research and Communications Division, International Organization for Migration, Geneva

Labour Migration Management and its Implications for GATS Mode 4


Dr. Marion Panizzon, Senior Research Fellow, World Trade Institute, University of Bern

Bilateral Labor Agreements and the GATS: Reciprocity, Shared Responsibility  and the MFN


Joel P. Trachtman, Professor of International Law, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

The International Law of  Economic Migration


                                    Concurrent with


                        Panel XIX: Issues in IEL Methodology and Research


Joost Pauwelyn,  Professor of International Law, The Graduate Institute, Geneva (Moderator)


Professor Moshe Hirsch, Arnold Brecht Chair in European Law

Faculty of Law & Department of International Relations

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Sociology of International Economic Law


Professor Dr. Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, Head of Law Department

European University Institute, Florence - Italy

Multilevel Judicial Governance of International Trade


Dr Fiona Smith, Faculty of Laws, University College - London

Meaning and Interpretation: The Role of Semantics in International Agricultural Trade Regulation in the WTO


Lisa Claire Toohey, Lecturer, TC Beirne School of Law and Fellow of the Centre for Public, International, and Comparative Law, the University of Queensland.

Accession as Dialogue, The Case of Transition Economies


Concurrent with


            Panel XX: Institutional Reform of the WTO (EDGE Network Panel)


Debra P. Steger, Professor and Director, EDGE Network

Faculty of Law (Common Law) University of Ottawa (Moderator)


Dr. Thomas Cottier, Director, World Trade Institute, Professor, University of Berne, Berne, Switzerland


Dr. Gerhard Erasmus, Professor, Senior Research Fellow

Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa (TRALAC)

Stellenbosch, South Africa


Ms. Seema Sapra, Director, Trade & Policy, Amarchand Mangaldas

Delhi, India


Dr. Heng Wang, Deputy Director, Center of Law for International Investment and Finance; Research Fellow, Institute of EU Law; and Lecturer, Economic and Trade Law School Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Chonqqing, China

WTO and Transparency: A Perspective from China


Concurrent with


            Panel XXI: IEL, Finance and Development


Cynthia Crawford Lichtenstein, Professor Emeritus Boston College Law School (Moderator)


Mathias Audit, Professor of Law, Caen University, France

Erecting Barriers Against Foreign Sovereign Funds: What IEL Has to Say?


Dr Emilios Avgouleas, Reader in International Financial Law

The School of Law, The University of Manchester

International Banking Regulation and Private Development Finance for Developing Countries


Surya P. Subedi, Professor of International Law, University of Leeds (Barrister in England and an Advocate in Nepal)

Financing for Development in IEL: the Monterrey Consensus and its Implementation


Claus D. Zimmermann, Doctoral Student in Law, University of Oxford Jurisdictional Competition between the IMF and the WTO and its Impact on the Prevention of Monetary Protectionism


13:00-14:30     Lunch


14:30-16:00     Plenary: The International Trading System: Revisiting the Past to                            Address the Future


                                    Key Note:  Ambassador Alejandro Jara,

                                                     Deputy Director General, WTO


                                    Key Note: Atul Kaushik,                                                                 Director of the CUTS Geneva Resource Centre



    Gabrielle Marceau, Legal Counselor in the Cabinet     of Pascal Lamy, DG of the WTO


16:00-16:30     Coffee


16:30-18:00     SIEL General Meeting


                Chairs:          Andrew Lang & Colin Picker





* Participant affiliations and titles provided by the participants.

Terms and Conditions ::  Privacy Policy ::  Copyright Society of International Economic Law

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software