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Global Governance at a Crossroads: 

Finding Solutions to Challenges Facing the Multilateral Trade System

Date: 29 June 2022

Time: 14.00 - 16.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Event Details

The 12th session of the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) took place on 12-17 June 2022 at WTO headquarters in Geneva, after being postponed twice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the highest decision-making body of the WTO, attended by trade ministers and other senior officials from the 164 WTO members, the Ministerial Conference was surrounded by high expectations. In the words of lead officers at WTO:

"Members can deliver results at MC12 despite challenging circumstances" - DG Okonjo-Iweala, 04/05/2022

"This might well be our Bretton Woods moment. Let's not waste it." - DDG Angela Ellard, 10/05/2022

At the conclusion of the Conference, trade ministers from around the world adopted a historic package - including the reduction of fishery subsidies, a loosening of vaccine-production limits, and the mitigation of the impact of a global food crisis. The agreements break the WTO's seven-year negotiations downturn, after four years of attacks under former President Trump administration, the COVID-19 pandemic, drained supply chains, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

This BIICL webinar will bring together experts at the WTO and in academia to discuss the results of the Conference and this historical alignment of the 164 WTO members (including Russia and Ukraine).

This event is convened by Dr. Julinda Beqiraj, Maurice Wohl Senior Research Fellow and Munhee Jung, Dept. Dir. Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, South Korea and Visiting Researcher at BIICL, with the kind assistance and support of Prof. Dr. Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counsellor at WTO and BIICL Honorary Senior Fellow.


 Prof. Dr. Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counsellor, WTO; Honorary Fellow, BIICL


  • Anabel Gonz├ílez, Deputy Director-General, WTO
  • Arancha Gonz├ílez Laya, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po); Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain and Chief of Staff, WTO
  • Dr. Patrick Low, Fellow, Asia Global Institute; Former Chief Economist, WTO
  • Stephen Kho, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 2 CPD hours.


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