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.


•Leading world experts in the field of international trade 

•Participants will come from a variety of institutions (Universities, International Organizations, Think tanks). The difference in backgrounds of the participants is sure to stimulate new ideas.

•Participation of researchers at the beginning of their careers (PhD students, Post Docs, assistant professors) is particularly sought. A special session dedicated to PhD-student presentations will be organized.

•In order to build in the interaction between academia and practitioners, a special session with the participation of the World Bank  (Global Director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness Caroline Freund), the EBRD (Chief Economist Prof. Beata Javorcik), the ITC (Chief Economist Marion Jansen) and the WTO (Chief Economist Prof. Robert Koopman) will be organized.

•The workshop program will also allow time for discussion and collaboration.