EU Trade and Investment Policy

Thursday 14 January 2021 (10:00-17:00)

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EU Trade and Investment Policy: The Future of European Law and Policy VII 

14 January 2021 Online

This interdisciplinary conference is co-organised by Professor Gabriel Felbermayr of the IFW – Institute for the World Economy in Kiel (Germany) and Professor Martin Trybus of the IEL - Institute of European Law of the University of Birmingham (UK) within the framework and as the Network Conference of the EU Trade and Investment Policy ‘EUTIP’ Innovative Training Network funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.


9.00 – 10.10 am CET: Opening Panel

  • Welcome: Martin Trybus (University of Birmingham, EUTIP Network Coordinator, IEL Director)
  • Keynote 1: Sabine Weyand (European Commission)
  • Keynote 2: Paola Conconi (Free University of Brussels)

10.10-10.35: Break

10.35-12.25 CET: Parallel Sessions 1

1a The EU and geonomics

  • Chair: Sven Biscop (Egmont, Brussels)
  • Stephanie Leupold (Head of Unit, Trade Strategy, DG Trade): EU trade strategy in the 2020s
  • Tobias Gerkhe (Egmont): EU trade and economic statecraft in the Geoeconomic order
  • Simon Dekeyrel (University of Nottingham): Pipeline politics: the EU as a geo-economic power?
  • Gerard Masllorens (ETH Zürich):  GVC: a network analysis perspective

1b New generation FTAs

  • Chair: Elaine Fahey (City, University of London)
  • Frank Hoffmeister (DG Trade): Implementation and enforcement of FTAs
  • Kornilia Pipidi Kalogirou (University of Speyer): Regulatory cooperation in the EU legal order: Remarks on substance and form
  • Sonali Chowdry (Ifw Kiel): Trade liberalization along the firm size distribution: The case of the EU-South Korea FTA
  • Iulianna Romanchyshyna (University of Passau): Non-tariff measures in EU ‘New Generation FTAs’ – Open, competing, or conflicting regionalism?

12.25-13.15 CET: Lunch break

13.15-14.45: Parallel Sessions 2

  • 2a Transatlantic trade and labour rights
  • Chair: Jeff Kenner (University of Nottingham)
  • Axel Marx (KU Leuven): Pursuing labour rights through EU trade policy: some trends and challenges
  • Aakriti Bhardwaj (University of Nottingham): Towards better regulatory governance of Transatlantic trade: The case for international labour standards
  • Isabella Mancini (City, University of London): Taming regulatory cooperation for the protection of labour rights: The case of CETA

2b The economics of TBT and SPS

  • Chair: Imma Martinez (University of Göttingen)
  • Jasmin Gröschl (ifo, Munich): Complex Europe: Quantifying the cost of disintegration
  • Camille Reverdy (CIREM/CEPII, Paris): Trade under TBT uncertainty 
  • Jorge Soguero (University of Birmingham): Effects of SPS measures in the agricultural sector using structural gravity 

14.45-15.10 CET Break 

15.10-16.40 CET: Parallel Sessions 3 

3a Dispute settlement

  • Chair: Christoph Hermann (University of Passau)
  • Colin Brown (DG Trade): Dispute settlement in contested times
  • Aveek Chakravarty (University of Turin): Arbitral discretion and calculation of compensation and damages in investor-state dispute settlement
  • Cornelia Fuculita (University of Speyer): The EU FTAs and the WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanisms: Interacting in times of Appellate Body crisis

3b Financial services

  • Chair: Fabian Amtenbrink (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • [TBC]
  • Francesco Pennesi (Erasmus University Rotterdam): The EU equivalence regime in capital markets: A governance mechanism for the post-Brexit management of financial services?
  • Nathan de Arriba-Sellier (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Mutual recognition aspects in EU financial market regulation

16.40 Martin Trybus (EUTIP Network Coordinator) Concluding remarks and end of conference