The Society for International Economic Law

6th Biennial Global Conference

Washington D.C., 12-14 July 2018

Hosted by SIEL and American University Washington College of Law

 

On July 12-14, 2018, American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) proudly hosted the Sixth Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) on “International Economic Law in Unsettling Times”, the largest conference in the history of SIEL. Prof. Ala’i, Director of International and Comparative Legal Studies at AUWCL and Member of SIEL Executive Council, led the AUWCL team in hosting the conference that convened for the first time in the US.

The 3-day long conference attracted 300 attendees from around the world, including 194 speakers presenting 150 papers reviewed on a double blind and confidential basis. It featured 8 plenary sessions and 28 concurrent panels on compelling topics, such as WTO’s Appellate Body and the NAFTA in unsettling times; security and necessity exceptions in international trade; the multilateral trading system post-Brexit; digital trade and data governance; and the multilateral investment court.

The conference keynotes and plenary sessions were delivered by highly respected experts in international economic law.

  • Watch Thursday opening keynote lecture and plenary sessions here (“Understanding International Economic Law unsettling times: a feminist approach?; “A Conversation on the WTO Appellate Body in Unsettling Times”, “The NAFTA State of Play and the Implications Arising from the New Rules”)
  • Watch Friday plenary sessions here (“A Conversation on Security-Based Investment Restrictions”; “Financial Policy and Practice in Unsettling Time”)
  • Watch Robert Hudec Lecture: “The Robert Hudec Legacy: Trade, Domestic Regulation, and Globalization”.
  • Watch “The New Protectionism: What Role Can International Trade Agreements and Institutions Play?
  • Watch Closing Keynote Lecture: “Special Economic Zone – A Catalyst for International Trade and Investment in Unsettling Times?”.

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International Economic Law in Unsettling Times - SIEL Biennial Global Conference Washington, DC
Left to right: Padideh Ala’i, Director of International and Comparative Legal Studies at AUWCL; Sarah Raskin, former United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.
Left to right: Hélène Ruiz Fabri, Director Max Planck Institute Luxembourg (Previous Dean University of Sorbonne I); Padideh Ala’i, Director of International and Comparative Legal Studies at AUWCL; Gabrielle Marceau, former SIEL President; Holger Hestermeyer, former SIEL Executive Vice President; and Shin-yi Peng, SIEL Executive Vice President.
Hélène Ruiz Fabri, Director Max Planck Institute Luxembourg (Previous Dean University of Sorbonne I), delivering the Conference’s Opening Keynote Lecture “Understanding International Economic Law unsettling times: a feminist approach?”
Panel on “A Conversation on the WTO Appellate Body in Unsettling Times”. Left to right: Ricardo Ramirez-Hernandez, Former Chairman of the WTO Appellate Body, Jennifer Hillman, Georgetown Law School, and Giorgio Sacerdoti, Bocconi University.
Panel on “The NAFTA State of Play and the Implications Arising from the New Rules”. Left to right: Pablo Bentes, Managing Director, International Trade and Investment, Steptoe & Johnson, Jonathan Fried, Head lawyer for Canada during the NAFTA negotiations, Ricardo  Ramirez-Hernandez, Former Chairman of the WTO Appellate Body, and Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council, Washington, DC.
Panel on “A Conversation on Security-Based Investment Restrictions”. Left to right: Christopher Fonzone, Sidley Austin LLP, Jennifer Danner Riccardi, Special Trade Advisor, Delegation of the EU to the United States, Sean Heather, Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation, and Anne Salladin, Special Counsel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.
Panel on “Financial Policy and Practice in Unsettling Time”. Left to right: Sarah B. Raskin, former United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Sean Hagan, Director of the International Monetary Fund Legal Department, and Douglas W. Arner, Kerry Holdings Professor in Law, University of Hong Kong.
Sarah B. Raskin, former United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
The Robert Hudec Lecture:“The Robert Hudec Legacy: Trade, Domestic Regulation, and Globalization”, delivered by Joel Trachtman, Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and moderated by  Isabelle Van Damme of Van Bael & Bellis.
Panel on “The New Protectionism: What Role Can International Trade Agreements and Institutions Play?”. Left to right:  Andrew Shoyer of Sidley Austin LLP,  Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s Deputy Ambassador to the US, and Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council, Washington D.C.
Closing Keynote Lecture “Special Economic Zone – A Catalyst for International Trade and Investment in Unsettling Times?”, delivered by Teresa Cheng SC, Secretary for Justice, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Dean A. Pinkert of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, introducing the Closing Keynote.
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