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Day 2: The 2020 BIICL Annual WTO Conference

Date: 23 October 2020

Time: 09.00-13.00 (BST)

Venue: Online

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Event Details

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is delighted to announce its prestigious WTO Conference. Established in 2000, the WTO Conference is one of the most important annual events in international trade law, addressing topical academic and practical issues.

This is a pivotal moment for trade affairs and a critical time to take stock and reflect on the future of global economic governance and connectivity. The conference will bring together leading academics and practitioners to explore emerging ideas and the most recent developments, at a critical time for international trade law. This year, amidst a global pandemic, the conference will take place virtually over two half days:
22 October 12.00-17.00 and 23 October 09.00-13.00 (BST)

BIICL will host 6 virtual panels around the world to cover strategically important geographical areas where major developments, discussions and decisions impacting international trade are taking place.


Day 2: Friday, 23 October 2020 (09.00-13.00)

  • Panel 4 (Hong-Kong & Singapore): Dispute resolution: current situation and dispute avoidance
  • Panel 5 (Shanghai & Beijing): International trade and digital technology 
  • Panel 6 (Riyadh): What can we expect in the next years? Issues at the G20 Summit meeting (Riyadh)

Full conference programme  


Day 2 of the conference will feature a wide breadth of speakers from international organizations, academia, and legal practitioners. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Jo-Ann Crawford, Former Counsellor in Trade Policy Review, WTO
  • Dr. Brian Efird, Program Director, Policy and Decision Science, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center; Deputy Sherpa for the T20 Secretariat T20, Saudi Arabia
  • James Flett, Deputy to the Director, Trade Policy and WTO Team, European Commission
  • Prof. Henry Gao, Faculty of law, Singapore Management University
  • Stuart Harbison, International trade specialist and former special adviser to two Directors General of the WTO
  • Prof. Qingjiang Kong, Dean, School of International Law, China University of Political Science and Law
  • Aik Hoe Lim, Director, Trade and Environment Division, WTO
  • Nicolas Lockhart, Partner at Sidley Austin LLP
  • Dr. Jan Yves Remy, Deputy Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre, UWI
  • Lee Tuthill, Senior Counsellor, WTO
  • Prof. Jiangyu Wang, Director, Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL), City University of Hong-Kong School of Law

Event convened by Dr Julinda Beqiraj, Maurice Wohl Senior Research Fellow in European Law and Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of the Centre for International Law. 

Pricing and Registration


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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 4 CPD hours.


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