Sunday, March 8, 2009

Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO: Free Program in New York City on March 11, 2009

On Wednesday, March 11, 2009, the New York City Bar Association International Trade Committee will host an event, co-sponsored by the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, entitled “Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO: Impetus or Impediment?” 

A panel of prominent international trade professors, practitioners and former government officials will discuss regional trade agreements (RTAs) and seek to answer the important question of whether the growing popularity of RTAs will stimulate progress in the multilateral framework of the World Trade Organization, or whether they have in fact undermined the WTO’s Doha Round. 

The panel will also address the future of trade liberalization and what the most beneficial approach might be.  The panel will consist of Professors Jagdish Bhagwati and Merit Janow of Columbia University Law School, trade policy expert Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Canadian professor Chios Carmody of the University of Western Ontario, and Ambassador John K. Veroneau, former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, now with Covington and Burling.  International Trade Committee member Professor Andreas Lowenfeld of NYU Law School may provide additional commentary. 

The Open Forum will be from 6-9 pm on March 11 at the Association’s headquarters at 42 West 44th Street in Manhattan.  This event is open to the public and attendance will be free of charge; however please RSVP to Committee Secretary Natasha Woodland.

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