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20 Years of the World Trade Organisation

On Wednesday, 3rd June, The City Law School’s Professor of International Economic Law, Professor David Collins, will give a lecture examining the accomplishments and inadequacies of the World Trade Organisation during its first 20 years and consider changes to the way it carries out its objectives.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Professor of International Economic Law at The City Law School, Professor David Collins, will give a free public lecture titled, “20 Years of the World Trade Organisation”, in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, on Wednesday, 3rd June, at 6pm.

David Collins PictureProfessor Collins, who has taught at City since 2005, has been an academic visitor at a number of institutions including Georgetown, Columbia and Hong Kong. He has acted as a consultant for organizations such as the World Bank and the Commonwealth Secretariat and his research has attracted funding from the British Academy and the Society of Legal Scholars. Prior to joining City as a Lecturer, Professor Collins practiced commercial litigation in Toronto, Canada and was a prosecutor for the Attorney-General of Ontario. He holds law degrees from Toronto, Oxford and Maastricht and is a qualified lawyer in England, Ontario and New York.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) celebrated its 20th anniversary this January amid continued challenges to its relevance and its seemingly ever-increasing influence on our lives. Now composed of 161 member states and covering 98 per cent of global trade, the WTO’s mission is to reduce barriers to trade in goods and services and to make the rules governing international trade more transparent and predictable.

Professor Collins said:

“I have been researching and teaching the law of the World Trade Organization for some time and it is clear to me that after 20 years of existence it has done many good things, including increasing our access to cheaper goods and services from around the world. But the WTO has also had a questionable impact on some sectors and countries, leading people to challenge its ongoing role in globalization. In my public lecture I will be looking at the WTO’s successes and failures and considering what its role will be in the next 20 years.” 

To register to attend this free lecture, please visit this weblink.

Definition
International Economic Law

International Economic Law regulates the international economic order or economic relations among nations. It is often defined broadly to include a vast array of topics ranging from the public international law of trade to the private international law of trade to certain aspects of international commercial law and the law of international finance and investment.

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