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Trade, Investment and Small States

Date: 20-21 October 2022

Time: 09:00–17:00 (UK time)

Venue: WilmerHale 49 Park Lane, London, W1K 1PS and online

Co-organised with:

Event Details

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, the Institute of Small and Micro States (ISMS) and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) are delighted to invite you to a two-day conference on trade and investment as they relate to small and micro states. The conference is the seventh in our series of conferences on issues relating to small states.

The importance of trade and investment and the need to rethink them have been highlighted by the recent health crisis, as well as by environmental challenges and technological advances. Trade has been essential to saving lives and livelihoods; and international co-operation has been needed to keep trade flowing. Investment has been and will be important to overcome some of the pandemic's impact.

While small states are often treated as dependent and highly vulnerable to the whims of global markets, they have shown considerable resilience and ability to thrive in economic niches. Each small state is unique and needs to address its development prospects in the context of its own cultural, historical and social realities. There are also differences between regions. But most small states share a number of common characteristics.

The seventh small states conference will cover a range of topics, including the impact of trade disruptors, e-commerce trade and international dispute resolution. 

Keynote speakers: 

  • Professor Emeritus Jane Kelsey, University of Auckland
  • Arvin Boolell, Member of Parliament and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mauritius
  • Steven Finizio, Partner, WilmerHale

Speakers and chairs: 

  • Dr Tsotang Tsietsi, National University of Lesotho
  • Dr Helen Kavvadia, University of Luxembourg
  • Dr Jan Yves Remy, Director, Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services, University of the West Indies
  • Professor Dr-Ing Katarina Adam, HTW Berlin
  • Dr Edwini Kessi, WTO; Professor Campbell McLachlan, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Paul Baker, CEO, International Economics Ltd
  • Alberto Pecoraro, University of Antwerp 

Call for Papers

We have a small number of spaces for additional speakers. We welcome contributions from academics, practitioners, members of civil society and NGO members on any aspect of the programme. Please send your abstract of 300-400 words by 30 September to Professor Petra Butler. Decisions regarding inclusion in the conference programme will be sent by 1 October 2022. Please note that there is no funding available for additional speakers.


The conference will be hosted at the offices of WilmerHale in London. Attendees can also participate remotely. Please indicate whether you will be attending in person or online via the link below.


This event is free to attend but pre-registration is required here.


For more information on this event, please contact: Oliver White

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