SIEL 2012 Conference Singapore 

National University of Singapore – Centre for International Law

Block B, NUS Bukit Timah Campus

469 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore



(As of 7 July)

(The times and placement of events is subject to change)

Many of the papers are available at SSRN at:



    10:00   Registration Open

SIEL Network/Other IEL Groups’ Meetings/Panels (open to all conference attendees)

    10:00-11:00     SIEL Post Graduate and Early Professionals Association (PEPA)

Business Meeting, Chairs: José Guilherme Moreno Caiado, Doctoral Student - Graduate School in L&E – University of Hamburg, Luis Montilla, Doctoral Student - Graduate School in L&E – University of Hamburg & Freya Baetens, Assistant professor, University of Leiden


    11:00-12:00     SIEL’s Women in International Economic Law (WIEL) Meeting

Yvonne Wong, Lecturer, University of New South Wales (chair), The Need for a Reparations Insurance Fund: Comparing the Experience of the Japanese Comfort Women and the Bosniak Women

Mercedes L. Angeles, President, Peace Women Partners, Inc, Philippines & GMAP 2013 candidate, Fletcher School at Tufts University, The Washington Consensus: Case Studies of the Impact on Developing Countries and Women's Lives

Followed by a WIEL Business Meeting

   12:00-13:00     SIEL Teaching International Economic Law Network

Presentation on Problem-Based Approaches to International Economic Law (PBIEL) Project: Building Philippine capacity in international economic law by Tanya Lat, International Trade and Economic Rights Unit, IDEALS, Inc.

Followed by a business meeting

    13:00-14:30     Informal Meeting for Australians & New Zealanders

    13:00-14:30     Africa IEL Network

Business Meeting, Chair: Nokuhle Madolo, Senior Researcher, Mandela Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

    13:00-14:30    RED Latin America

Dr. Edna Ramirez-Robles, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Latin-American FTAs, recent developments and trends

Prof. Dr. José Manual Álvarez Zarate, Universidad Externado de Colombia, & Dr. Holger Hestermeyer, Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public and International Law, discussants.

Business meeting, Chair: Dr. Holger Hestermeyer

    14:30-16:00     Asia IEL Network

            Business Meeting, Chair: Junji Nakagawa, Univerity of Tokyo

    14:30-16:00     European Society of International Law – IELIG

            Business meeting, Chair: Alper Tasdelen, Göttingen Institute   

     16:00-17:30     International Investment Law Network

 Dr. Christina Knahr, Federal Ministry of Economy, Austria, and Romesh Weeramantry,  Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong (Chairs)

Daniel Kalderimis, Partner, Chapman Tripp, New Zealand, Systemic Integration in International Investment Law:  Some  Practical Reflections

Diane Desierto, Assistant Professor, Peking University School of Transnational Law, China, Human Rights and Investment in Economic Emergencies:  Conflict of Treaties, Interpretation, Valuation Decisions

Followed by a business meeting of the network, including discussion on ongoing research and future network projects   

1600-1700       International Intellectual Property Law Network

Object and Purpose of the International IP Law Network, Susy Frankel and Henning Grosse Ruse – Khan (Co-Founders of the Network – together with Bryan Mercurio)

Intellectual Property in International Economic Law – Exploring the Linkages

Susy Frankel, Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and Director, New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law, Chair Copyright Tribunal (NZ), The post-TRIPS Agreement IP and Trade Overlap, (Health, Environment, Indigenous Rights, Human Rights and Beyond)

Dr Henning Grosse Ruse - Khan (Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (Germany) and Associate Fellow, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), IP and International Investment Law


Followed by a Business Meeting


16:00-17:30     International Financial and Monetary Law Network

 Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber, Chair for International Business Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich (Chair)

Emilios Avgouleas, University of Edinburgh School of Law, The Eurozone crisis

Douglas Arner, Law Faculty, University of Hong Kong, International crisis resolution mechanisms: addressing liquidity and solvency in the global financial system

Ross Buckley, UNSW Law School, A Financial Transactions Tax as a means of fundamentally reshaping financial markets

Chris Brummer,  Georgetown University Law Centre, Soft Law and the Global Financial Crisis:  Pushing a Reform Agenda


17:30-17:45    Tea/Coffee


17:45               FORMAL WELCOME BY THE SIEL

Meredith Kolsky Lewis, Executive Vice-President SIEL, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ


Colin B. Picker, Executive Vice-President SIEL, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia



                                    Simon Chesterman, Dean of the Law Faculty


Michael Ewing Chow, WTO Chair, Faculty of Law, Head Trade/Investment Law & Policy



Introduction: Gabrielle Marceau

Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO

Associate Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva & at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Development (HEID)


Hudec Lecturer: Professor Chang-fa Lo, Justice of the Constitutional Court (Judicial Yuan), Taiwan  & former Dean, College of Law, National Taiwan University,External Regime Coherence: WTO/BITs and Public Health Tension as an Illustration”



19:45       Robert Hudec Lecture Dinner and Reception




9:00-10:30      Panel Presentations

Panel I:           Trade and Culture: Beyond the Divide between Liberalization and Protectionism

Toshiyuki Kono, Kyushu University Graduate School of Law (Chair)

Dr. Rostam J. Neuwirth, Associate Professor at the University of Macau Faculty of Law (to be presented by Mr. CHEN Zhijie from Hong Kong University), , From the Exception Culturelle via Cultural Diversity to the Creative Economy: What’s Next and What’s Law Got To Do With It?

Dr. Steven Van Uytsel, Associate Professor at the Kyushu University Graduate School of Law, Sustainable Development: Linking the Cultural Diversity Convention to WTO?

Dr. Lilian R. Hanania, Associate Researcher at the University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne and Former Advisor-Negotiator at the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Cultural Diversity and Regional Trade Agreements: The European Union Experience with Cultural Cooperation Frameworks

Dr. Branislav Hazucha, Associate Professor at the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Law, International Trade and Protection of Local Cultural Production: A Survey of Empirical Studies

                                                             Concurrent with

Panel II           Perspectives on International Trade Law                

Suresh Nanwani, Lead Counsel (Human Resource), Asian Development Bank (Chair)

Vitaliy Pogoretskyy, Ph.D Researcher at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (the University of Dundee, UK), Freedom of Gas Transit under WTO Law: How to Make It Effective?

Caroline E. Foster, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland, Turning Adjudication into Review:  Judicial Alchemy in International Disputes involving Scientific Uncertainty?

José Guilherme Moreno Caiado, Doctoral Student - Graduate School in L&E – University of Hamburg, R&D Subsidies - A Law & Economics Analysis of Regional and International Agreements

Tilman Krüger, Research Associate University of Bremen, WTO Judicialization

                                                             Concurrent with

Panel III:        Law and Economics of International Investment Law

Anne van Aaken, Professor, University of St. Gallen (Chair)

Stefan Voigt, Professor of Economics and Director at the Institute of Law & Economics at Hamburg University, The Economics of Informal International Law - An Empirical Assessment

Tomer Broude, Sylvan M. Cohen Chair in Law, Faculty of Law and Department of International Relations, Academic Director, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Law and Economics of Subsidies Regulation and Foreign Investment.

Susan Franck, Associate Professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law, : Data Driven Insights for Investment Law

Roberto Echandi, Director, Programme on International Investment, World Trade Institute, University of Bern, The Political Economy of Settlements within ICSID Arbitration"

                                                             Concurrent with

Panel IV:        Perspectives on IEL & the Environment

Dukgeun Ahn, Seoul National University (Chair)

Joshua Meltzer,  Fellow, Global Economy and Development at Brookings, Washing, D.C., The EU Aviation Directive – implications for the WTO and the UN Climate Change Negotiations

Xiaomei E, Professor, Law School of Inner Mongolia University, China, Climate Change and Trade Measures: Why are Developing Countries Opposing Unilateral GHG-based Trade Measures?

Timothy Meyer, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, Systemic Governance Risk in International Energy


10:30-11:00     Tea/Coffee

African IEL Network Book Launch: "International Economic Law-The Voices of Africa"

11:00-13:00    Panel Presentations

Panel V:        The Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations:  The Search for a New, High-                       Quality, 21st Century Trade Agreement

Deborah K. Elms, Head, Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations; Senior Fellow, RSIS, NTU, Singapore, Managing Trade in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (Moderator and Paper Presenter)

Julien Chaisse, Research Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Towards Innovations in Investment Rule-Making in the TPP

Henry Gao, Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University; Dongfang Scholar Chair Professor, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, From the P4 to the TPP:  Transplantation or Transformation?

Patrick Low, Chief Economist, World Trade Organization, A Multilateral Perspective on the TPP

Concurrent with

Panel VI:        Perspectives on IEL and Development                    

Jiangyu Wang, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (Chair)

Claudio Dordi, Associate Professor, Department of Law, Bocconi University, The cooperation for economic development (CED): between accountability and responsibility

Laurence Boulle, Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg & Bond University, Australia, Balancing FDI Pressures: Initiatives from Southern Africa

Brynn O'Brien, PhD Candidate and Quentin Bryce Doctoral Scholar in Law, University of Technology, Sydney & Ruben Zandvliet, PhD Fellow & Lecturer at the Grotius Centre for International Law, Leiden University, Defining Development in WTO Law: the Legality and Parameters of Labour Rights Conditionality in the Generalized System of Preferences

Dr Emmanuel Laryea, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia, Does the Emerging Global Regime for International Investment Undermine Domestic Capital Formation in Developing Countries?

Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria, Developing Countries and the Doha Round Agriculture Negotiations

                                                             Concurrent with

Panel VII        Perspectives on International Financial and Monetary Policy                    

Chris Brummer,  Georgetown University Law Centre (Chair)

Dr Anastasios Gourgourinis, Lecturer in International Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Law, Sovereign Credit Ratings under International Economic Law: Can the “Empire” Strike Back?

Dr. Celine Tan, Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick, UK, Regulation Shifting Sands: Interrogating the Problematic Relationship between International Public Finance and International Financial Regulation

Pierre-Hugues Verdier, Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia, The Political Economy of International Financial Regulation

Jinyul Ju, Professor, Pusan National University School of Law, Busan, Korea, Getting Global Financial Stability Through Precautionary Principle and Uncertainty Economics

Federico Lupo Pasini, Associate, Centre for International Law and the National University of Singapore, Fellow of CUTS International., PhD candidate NUS, The Dilemmas of Economic Stability and the Limits of Economic Integration

                                                             Concurrent with

Panel VIII      Domestic tobacco control and international (economic) law: Cigarette Packaging Regulations between Trade, Investment, Intellectual Property and Health Objectives


Krista Nafakavukaren Shefer, The University of Basel (Chair)

Andrew Battisson, Senior Associate in the International Arbitration Group of Allen & Overy LLP, Consistency of Tobacco Packaging Measures with Investment Treaty Commitments – the Cases of Australia and Uruguay

Henning Grosse Ruse – Khan, senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich (Germany) and fellow at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (Montreal, Canada , Compliance of Domestic Tobacco Control Measures with International IP Obligations under the TRIPS Agreement and the Paris Convention

Tania Voon, Associate Professor Melbourne Law School , Treatment under WTO Rules on Trade in Goods, especially the TBT Agreement and GATT 1994 (By Skype)

Kate Lannan, senior legal officer of the Convention Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Contro, The Public Health Perspective on Tobacco Packaging, as Expressed in the WHO FCTC and its Implementation Guidelines

Joost Pauwelyn, Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland and Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) , How to Deal with Distinct Forums (Investment Treaty Arbitration, WTO Dispute Settlement and Domestic Litigation), including the Potential for Conflicting Decisions


13.00-14:30     Lunch – WTO Chairs Roundtable

           The Future of the WTO?

Patrick Low, Chief Economist, WTO (Chair)

Dorotea López Giral, Director, Centre of Trade Policy Studies, University of Chile

Keith Nurse, Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre, The University of the West Indies

Michael Ewing-Chow, WTO Chair, Faculty of Law, Head Trade/Investment Law & Policy, CIL, NUS

Verena Tandrayen-Ragoobur, Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Mauritius

14:30-16:15    Panel Presentations

Panel IX:        Perspectives on International Investment Arbitration Law

Wenhua Shan, Ministry of Education Changjiang Scholar Chair, Professor of International Economic Law and the founding Dean of the School of Law, Xi'an Jiaotong University, PR China & Professor of International Law, Oxford Brookes University, UK (Chair)

Bhushan Satish, NALSAR Law University, India, Re-Discovering the Role of the Annulment Committee in Shaping Investment Law Jurisprudence - a Study of the Four Generations of Annulment Committee Awards (invited)

William W. Burke-White,  Deputy Dean and Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School & Andreas von Staden,Assistant Professor of International Organization, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, State Compliance with Investor-State Arbitral Awards

Caroline Henckels, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge, Proportionality and the Standard of Review in Fair and Equitable Treatment Claims: Balancing Stability and Consistency with the Public Interest

Perry S. Bechky, Visiting Assistant Professor, Seattle University School of Law, A Fissian View of Investor-State Arbitration

Margaret Devaney, PhD Student, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, Leave it to the Valuation Experts?: The Remedies Stage of Investment Treaty Arbitration and the Balancing of Public and Private Interests

                                                             Concurrent with

Panel X:        Recent Developments in TBT jurisprudence

Tracey Epps, Deputy Director, Trade Law Unit/Legal Division, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade / Part-time Faculty, University of Otago: Moderator

Arthur Appleton, Partner, Appleton Luff - International Lawyers, Visiting Faculty WTI (Bern) and IELPO (Barcelona), Labeling issues under the TBT Agreement

Lukasz Gruszczynski, Institute of Legal Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, The TBT Agreement and tobacco control regulations

Michael Ming Du, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, National treatment under the TBT Agreement

Gabrielle Marceau, Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO, The new AB jurisprudence on the TBT Agreement: Cloves, Tuna and COOL


                                                             Concurrent with

 Panel XI:       Food Security Enhancement by International Trade, Investment and Human Rights Law                     

Dr Christian Häberli, Senior Research Fellow, World Trade Institute, Bern University, Switzerland, Foreign Direct Investment in Agriculture: Land Grab or Food Security Improvement?

Michael Ewing-Chow, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law National University of Singapore, Head of Trade and Investment Law & Policy, Centre for International Law, Singapore and Melanie Vilarasau Slade, Senior Research Fellow, CIL and Executive Director, Europe-ASEAN Business Alliance, Food Security: from self-sufficiency to production diversification and regional cooperation – a case study in rice security

Christine Kaufmann, Professor of International, Constitutional and Administrative Law, University of Zurich Law School, Switzerland, Food security as business of business: "The Ruggie Framework" and beyond

Dr Fiona Smith, Senior Lecturer in International Economic Law, Faculty of Laws, UCL, UK. (with Christian Häberli), Food Security, Foreign Direct Investment and Multilevel Governance in Weak States                                                 

             Concurrent with


Panel XII:      Perspectives on IEL and Latin America

Vera Thorstesen, Head of the Center on Global Trade, Professor at the School of Economics, Fundação Getulio Vargas - São Paulo Brazil (Chair), Exchange rate misalignments - a challenge to Latin American Trade Policies

Ljiljana Biukovic, Associate Professor, Co-director, National Centre for Business Law | Faculty of Law, The University of British Columbia, China Moves into Latin America: South-South Partnership or Dominance

Alexis Gutiérrez Saavedra, Economist at Chile’s Ministry of Agriculture  & Researcher at Universidad de Chile,             Chile: substitution between protection measures for the agricultural sector in a trade liberalization context, 1986-2014

Camila Villard Duran, PhD Candidate (University of São Paulo and Paris 1), The legal framework for monetary policy accountability: a study of the Brazilian Central Bank, the European Central Bank  and the Federal Reserve

Laura Nielsen, University of Copenhagen  &  Holger P. Hestermeyer, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law,  Everything that can be produced competitively in Brazil will be produced in Brazil” Local Content Measures – legal and wise?

Dr Gabriel Garcia, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong & member of the Legal Intersections Research Centre (UOW), Understanding IMF Stand-by Arrangements from the Perspective of International and Domestic Law: the Experience of Venezuela in the 1990s


16:15-17:00     Coffee & Poster Presentations

Poster Presenters:

Daniela Gomez Altamirano, University of Barcelona, IELPO LL.M.  Extraterritorial Unilateral Measures in the WTO: The EU Emission Trading Scheme as Applied to Aviation

George-Dian Balan, PhD candidate, Al. I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania, Economic Sanctions Against Iran

Fernando Eyzaguirre, Adjunct Assistant Professor School of Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Expanding the P-4 to the TPP. Current Negotiation Issues

Luis Tomás Montilla Fernández, Institute of Law and Economics. University of Hamburg, International investments in agriculture and human rights. Legal conflicts between investment protection, individual and collective human rights promotion in agricultural economics.

Matthäus Fink, PhD candidate, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Protected Areas under CBD and International Investment Law: Conflicts and Solutions

An Hertogen, University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ, The Forgotten GATT Articles on Exchange Rate Policies

Zila Milupi, LLM London School of Economics &  Ada Siqueira, MPhil in International Relations, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, Integrating risk assessment and risk management disciplines under the SPS agreement: implications on the conceptualisation of risk

Dr. Edna Ramirez-Robles, ProDoc International Law for a Global Economy, Coordinator Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Flexibilities in WTO Law

Franziska Sucker, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Trade and Culture … again! undefined A step forward with  Human Rights, Competition Law and Intellectual Property?

Dr. Claus D. Zimmermann, Associate,  Sidley Austin, LLP, Geneva, The availability of the general defenses of GATT Articles XX and XV:9(a) beyond the realm of the GATT 1994


17:00 -17:15    TradeLawGuide Presentation 

17:15 -18:30    PLENARY:  International Investment Law Keynote Speech

Introduction to the Key Note Lecture:

  Michael Hwang, S.C. Singapore

Key Note Lecture:

Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID


Anna Joubin-Bret, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP, Paris, Former Senior Legal Adviser at the Division on Investment and Enterprise for the UNCTAD, Geneva


18:30-19:45     SIEL GENERAL MEETING


19:45              Optional Social Event - Ion Sky Observatory / SkyBar

                        Light snacks and first drink complimentary

   Transportation to Skybar from NUS-BTC provided

Transportation back to hotels after the event not provided



9:00-11:00      Panel Presentations

Panel XIII:     Perspectives on International Investment                 

Ko-Yung Tung, Senior Counselor at Morrison & Foerster in New York & Adjunct Professor, Yale Law School (Chair)

Professor Efraim Chalamish & Professor Robert Howse, New York University School of Law, Political Risk Insurance and Dispute Avoidance and Resolution in International Investment

Michele Potestà, Lecturer, Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, How Legitimate is the Doctrine of 'Legitimate Expectations' in International Investment Law?

Dr Valentina Vadi, Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of International and European Law, Faculty of Law- Maastricht University, Culture Clash: Investor's Rights v. Cultural Heritage in International Investment Law & Arbitration

Dr. Jonathan Bonnitcha, ESRC Post-doctoral Fellow, London School of Economics, Investment treaties and democratic transition

Nokuhle Madolo, Senior Researcher [mandelainstitute1a] University of the Witwatersrand, From Mineral Resources to attracting FDI: The importance of a mineral investment framework for the SADC region

                                                             Concurrent with

Panel XIV:      Perspectives on the WTO                  

Mitsuo Matsushita, Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University & Counsel, Nagashima, Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo (Chair)

Andrew Lang, London School of Economics, World Trade Law After Neoliberalism

Mikella M. Hurley, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, The Limits of Morality: Application of the Public Morals Exception Beyond the GATT

Michelle Engel Limenta, PhD Candidate Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, Non-Compliance in WTO Dispute Settlement: The Multiple Purposes of Retaliation

Arkady Kudryavtsev, PhD Candidate, Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR), Maastricht University, Private Standardization and International Trade in Goods: Any Implications of WTO Law for Domestic Regulation?

Sadeq Z. Bigdeli, Senior Lecturer, University of Waikato School of Law, New Zealand,  The WTO SCM Agreement Jurisprudence and the Evolving Concept of Government

Concurrent with

Panel XV:      Perspectives on IEL & International Intellectual Property Law     

Geoffrey Yu Sau Kuk, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Chair)

Valéria Guimarães de Lima e Silva, Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, Princeton University, International Regime Complexity and Enhanced Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: The Use of Networks at the Multilateral Level

Susy Frankel, Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Director, New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law, Intellectual Property, Regulatory Coherence and Evidence- Based Policy

Ahmed Abdel Latif, Senior Programme Manager, Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property, International Centre  for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Intellectual property in the multilateral trading system: a successful legal transplant?

Patrick Martens, PhD candidate at Maastricht University Faculty of Law, Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation, Can Traditional Knowledge owners and producers in developing countries use Geographical Indications for development gain?

Concurrent with

Panel XVI:    Perspectives on IEL & China

Heng Wang, Professor, School of International Law, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing, China (Chair)

Lisa Toohey, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, China in the WTO:  A Retrospective of the first Decade

Julia Ya Qin, Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School, The Challenge of China’s “State Capitalism”

Zhijie CHEN, MPhil Student, The University of Hong Kong & Practicing Lawyer (PRC), Feeling the Dragon’s Pains: Rethinking of China’s Cultural Products in the Context of the China- Publications and Audiovisual Products

Vivienne Bath, Professor of Chinese and International Business Law, The University of Sydney, China and international investment policy

Dr Gonzalo Villalta Puig, Professor of Law & Director of the Master of Laws Programme in International Economic Law, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong,  The Significance of Dispute Resolution to the Constitutionalisation of Free Trade between the People’s Republic of China and its Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong


11:00-11:30     Coffee/tea

      UNCTAD World Investment Report 2012 Launch

11:30-13:00    Panel Presentations

Panel XVII:    Perspectives on IEL and Africa                   

Keith Wilson, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide (Chair)

Lonias Ndlovu, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mercantile Law, University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, South Africa,  South Africa and the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement

Moshe Hirsch, Maria Von Hofmannsthal Chair in International Law, Faculty of Law & Department of International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, African Countries in the World Trading System: International Trade, Domestic Institutions and the Role of International Law

Uba S.F. Nnubue, Professor, & Dean, Faculty of Law, Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State Nigeria,Problems and prospect of a monetary union in ECOWAS vis-à-vis economic integration in the sub-region

Luwam Dirar, J.S.D. Candidate at Cornell Law, Rethinking Development through Regional Integration Agreements in Southern African Countries

Concurrent with

Panel XVIII:  Perspectives on International Financial Law                      

Ross Buckley, Professor, Law School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (Chair)

Matthias Goldmann, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany, The Financial Crisis as a Crisis of Democracy: Towards Prudential Regulation through Public Reasoning

Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber, Chair for International Business Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zurich, Legitimacy of the G-20 as Global Financial Regulator

Panagiotis Delimatsis, Associate Professor of Law and TILEC, Tilburg University, the Netherlands, Transparent Financial Innovation in a Post-Crisis Environment

Concurrent with

Panel XIX:     Legal Preparedness for the Global Green Economy                       

Mary Elizabeth Chelliah, Deputy Director , International Trade Cluster , Ministry of Trade & Industry (Chair)

Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Director, Center for International Sustainable Development Law; Senior Director, Research for Sustainable Prosperity; Fellow,  Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Visiting Professor, University of Chile Law Faculty

Prof Markus Gehring, Lead Counsel for Trade, Investment and Finance with the CISDL, Jean Monnet Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and Deputy Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies, The relationship between Green Economy and World Trade Law

Prof Freya Baetens, Assistant professor, University of Leiden,  Investment policy for innovative low-carbon technologies: can regional initiatives fill global gaps

Hannes Schloemann, Director of WTI Advisors Ltd. & Partner at MSBH Bernzen Sonntag Rechtsanwälte, and Marie Wilke, ICTSD Programme Officer, International Trade Law Programme, To share or not to share: Export restrictions, natural resources and international law

Concurrent with

Panel XX:      Regulatory Review by Trade and Investment Tribunals

Tai-Heng Chen, Tai-Heng Cheng, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP (Chair)

Dr. José Manuel Alvarez Zárate, Professor of Law and Director, Program on International Economic Law, Universidad Externado de Colombia, Searching for Coherence in Trade and Investment: Domestic Policies under Siege

Stephan Schill, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Bridging Epistemic Communities: Comparative Public Law and the Trade/Investment-Divide

Markus Wagner, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law, Stretching and Squeezing Like an Accordian: Comparing the Requirement of Providing Policy Rationales in International Trade Law and International Investment Law

Jason Yackee, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, Should International Trade and Investment Tribunals Require States to Justify Legislative Policy Decisions? Lessons from Domestic Practice

13:00-14:30     Lunch – Investment Roundtable

         Investment Dialogue: Improving the Investor State Dispute  System

Michael Ewing-Chow, WTO Chair, Faculty of Law, Head Trade/Investment Law & Policy, CIL, NUS (Chair)

  Anna Joubin-Bret, Partner, Foley Hoag

Chris Thomas QC, NUS Centre for International Law

Meg Kinnear, Sec Gen, ICSID

Roberto Echandi, Director, Programme on International Investment, WTI

14:30-16:30    Panel Presentations

Panel XXI:     The Disorder of FDIs Legal Framework: Different Approaches; Conflicting Rules

Xavier Fernández-Pons, Universitat de Barcelona  & Dr. Ramon Torrent, Director of the International Chair WTO/Regional Integration, Universitat de Barcelona, The (unnoticed?) contradictory overlapping of International and domestic rules on FDI: Getting the legal facts right

Dr Federico Ortino, Reader in International Economic Law, King's College London, The future common investment policy of the EU: refining the content and role of investment 'rules' and 'standards'

Dr Jurgen Kurtz, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne Law School, Australia, The Recalibration of Investment Treaties via WTO-Based Flexibilities:Pathologies of Transplant, Tailoring and Redundancy

Weiwei ZHANG, PhD Candidate, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland, Entering into a new generation of BITs? China in Context

Federico Lavopa, Coordinator of the Maestría de Relaciones y Negociaciones Internacionales (FLACSO Sede Argentina and University of San Andrés), How to kill a BIT and not die? Issues and challenges of withdrawing or renegotiating bilateral investment treaties

Concurrent with

Panel XXII:   Perspectives on IEL Linkages and Regulation

Margaret Liang, Consultant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Chair)

Locknie Hsu, Associate Professor, School of Law, Singapore Management University, Public Health Regulation: The Impact of Intersections between Trade & Investment Treaties in Asia

Jaemin Lee, Professor, School of Law, Hanyang University, Korea, Complementing Each Other or Stoking Further Complexity- Interaction between International Investment Law and International Trade Law

Sungjoon Cho, Visiting Professor of Law, Northwestern University Law School; Professor of Law and Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law & Claire R. Kelly, Professor of Law & Co-Director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, Brooklyn Law School, Trade Anachronisms

Andy C. M. Chen, Department of Financial and Economic Law, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan; Associate Professor of Law, Market Paradigm for Understanding Economic Law as an Autonomous Discipline

Mr. Yogesh Pai, Assistant Professor of Law & Executive Director: Research and Advisory Centre on International Economic Law, National Law University, Jodhpur- India, The International Dimension of Proprietary Technical Standards: Through the Lens of Trade, Competition Law and Developing Countries

                                                           Concurrent with

Panel XXIII:  Perspectives on the WTO                  

Amelia Porges, Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC (Chair)

Michael Fakhri, Assistant Professor, University of Oregon School of Law, Sugar and the Making of an Early Modern Multilateral Trade Institution: Explicating the 1902 Brussels Sugar Convention

Martin Goyette, Legal Affairs Officer, Rules Division, WTO Secretariat, Jurisdictional Issues in WTO Dispute Settlement

Won-Mog Choi, Professor, Ewha Women’s University Law School & Director, WTO Law Center at Seoul, How More "Likeness" in Addressing Technical Regulations?

Shin-yi Peng, Professor and Director, Institute of Law for Science and Technology, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, Trade Rules for Electronic Commerce in the WTO and RTAs: Challenges Ahead

Dr Gabriel Gari, Senior Lecturer in International Economic Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London, GATS and offshoring: is the regulatory framework ready for the trade revolution?

                                                              Concurrent with

 Panel XXIV: Perspectives on Regional and Preferential Trade Agreements

Edmund Sim, Partner, Appleton Luff (Chair)

Pasha Hsieh, Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University School of Law, APEC as a Trans-regional Economic Governance Architecture: A Critical Assessment with Reform Proposals

Junji Nakagawa, Professor of International Economic Law, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo, The possibilities and limits of regulatory harmonization through regional trade agreements

Juan David Barbosa, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Law Faculty, Economic Law Research Group and Posse, Herrera & Ruiz Abogados, Untangling the mutatis mutandis principle in Free Trade Agreements. Using the WTO to understand FTAs

Sherzod Shadikhodjaev, Research Fellow (PhD), Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Duty Drawbacks and Regional Trade Agreements: Foes or Friends?

David Kleimann, European University Institute – Department of Law, PhD Candidate, The Implementation of Preferential Trade Agreements in Developing Countries – Lessons for Rule Design


16:30-17:15     Coffee & Poster Presentations (same presenters as on previous day)


17:15-18:45  PLENARY Session:  International Financial & Monetary Crises

Joint Keynote Dialogue – Legal and Economic Perspectives

  Douglas Arner, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong (Chair)

Keynote presenters:

Cynthia Crawford Lichtenstein, Professor Emeritus, Boston College Law School


Dr. Masahiro Kawai, Dean and CEO, Asian Development Bank Institute

18:45-19:00             Conference Closing Remarks by the Conference Committee Chairs:

Michael Ewing-Chow,

Douglas Arner,

Meredith Kolsky Lewis &

Colin Picker


19:30               Optional Evening Event  - Singapore Zoo Night Safari


                   Coach leaves from NUS BTC at 19:30,

Tickets will be sold between 15:00-17:00 Hrs at NUS BTC (cost of SGD28 per person)

Transportation back to hotels after the event not provided






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