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On January 18 and 19, Professor Klaus Heine of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam organised an Advanced Training Course on Law and Economics of TTIP for the 14 PhD researchers of the Marie Curie TTIP Innovative Training Network in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

The Erasmus University Rotterdam is one of the 11 beneficiary institutions of this Innovative Training Network on Transatlantic Trade and Investment (TTIP-ITN) funded by the EU’s Horizon2020 programme and coordinated by Professor Martin Trybus at the University of Birmingham.

Keynote speakers were Professor Jan Schnellenbach (Professor of Microeconomics at the Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus, Germany, and research affiliate with the Walter Eucken Institute) and Professor Gabriel Felbermayr (Professor of Economics, specialised in International Trade at the University of Munich /Director of the IFO Center for International Economics).

Marietje Schaake closed the course with an inspiring Q&A session. Marietje Schaake has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party (D66) with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) political group since 2009. Amongst other things, she serves on the International Trade Committee and is the spokesperson for the ALDE Group on transatlantic trade and investment agreements.

Through this course, the PhD researchers obtained an interdisciplinary understanding of TTIP from an integrated law and economics perspective which enables them to refer to law as well as economics in their individual research projects.

The next Advanced Training Course will be in two parts on “The US Perspective of TTIP” in Speyer (April 2018) and Washington DC (September 2018). This will be followed by “The Politics of TTIP” in Brussels (May 2018), “Applied Transatlantic Trade and Investment Law” in Turin (April 2019), of and a Dissemination Workshop in The Hague (September 2019). All TTIP-ITN Advanced Training Courses are open to up to 20 participants from outside the Network, provided they cover their own costs.