The future of the global trading system is particularly uncertain: benefits of trade openness, through multilateralism or preferential trade agreements are particularly challenged (e.g. the impasse of the trade negotiations under the Doha Round, the current trade war between US and China, the Brexit, etc.), the interplay between global trade and social, ethical and environmental issues is increasingly questioned.

This international workshop on "The Challenges for the Global Trading System" aims to increase our understanding of these issues by bringing together established and newer international trade economists, academic researchers as well as practitioners from various International Organisations. These experts will discuss new findings in the field of International Trade and actively work together on new questions that need to be addressed. The different background of the participants will allow to bring new insights on the complex questions of the Challenges for the Global Trading System.