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BIICL WTO Conference 2018

Event Details

Time: 10.00-16:00 (Registration from 9:30)

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B5JP


As in the past, this year's WTO Conference will explore emerging ideas and developments in international trade law. It will bring together leading academics and practitioners to discuss the implications of recent global developments.

2018 has seen great challenges and debates concerning the validity of WTO law and its very foundation. This year's BIICL WTO Conference will debate some of the most important current academic and practical issues with topics ranging from Brexit to the active undermining of the international legal trade order by some of its founding members. New topics will also be debated such as trade and climate change. The founding of the WTO in 1994 and, before it, the establishment of the GATT 1947 have provided the legal framework for the rules-based international trading system. The BIICL WTO Conference takes place at a critical crossroad where this system may either be affirmed and strengthened or undermined by a resurgence of economic nationalism and new barriers to trade. This conference is of high practical value as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. As such legal practitioners will have to take WTO rules more directly into account when advising international companies and actors.

Programme topics include

  • WTO membership of the UK and roll-over of the EU's FTAs;
  • Climate change, energy and subsidies in the WTO;
  • Empty-chairs and crises in the WTO's dispute settlement system;
  • WTO security exemption from Qatar to US steel.


  • Prof Sir Francis Jacobs (Kings College London)
  • Sally Langrish and Bridget Palmer (Legal Directors, UK Department for International Trade (DIT) Legal Advisers)
  • Prof Gabrielle Marceau (Professor of Law, University of Geneva; Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division, WTO)
  • Mr. Eric White (Herbert Smith Freehills, Brussels; formerly of the European Commission's Legal Service, Trade Policy and WTO team)
  • Dr Lorand Bartels (Reader in International Law, University of Cambridge; Senior Counsel, Linklaters)
  • Prof Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (Senior Director, CISDL; Senior Fellow, CEENRG; Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge)
  • Dr Markus Gehring (Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, BIICL)
  • Dr Damilola S. Olawuyi (Associate Professor of Energy & Environmental Law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University)
  • Dr Maria Panezi (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
  • Victoria Donaldson (Deputy Director, FTAs & Services, Government Legal Department)
  • Prof Andrew Mitchell (Visiting Professor, UCL; Professor at Melbourne Law School)
  • Christophe Bondy (International Trade Lawyer, Cooley's; formerly Trade Law Bureau Canada)
  • Prof Mary Footer (Professor of International Economic Law, Nottingham)
  • Professor Kathleen Claussen (Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law; formerly Associate General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in the Executive Office of the President)
  • Mr Lothar Ehring (Senior Expert, European Commission, Directorate-General for Trade)
  • Dr Danae Azaria (Senior Lecturer in Public International Law, UCL)
  • Prof Markus Wagner (Associate Professor, Warwick University)
  • Prof Diane Desierto (Professor of Human Rights Law and Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame)


Join the conversation #WTOlaw2018

This event is convened by Dr. Markus Gehring, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law.

Pricing and Registration


BIICL Members:

  • Individual - £100
  • Concession* - £75
  • Student - £45


  • Individual - £170
  • Concession* - £125
  • Student - £75

* Concessions include academic staff, retired, unwaged and staff of not for profit agencies and government.


If you have any queries, please contact the events team.

Exhibitors at the Conference

CPD Information

This event is expected to offer the equivalent of 4 CPD hours.( to be confirmed)


Photography and audio recording

Please note that our events may be photographed or audio recorded. These materials will be used for internal and external promotional purposes only by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. If you object to appearing in the photographs, please let our photographer know on the day. Alternatively you can email BIICL Marketing Manager, Carmel Brown, in advance of the event that you are attending.

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