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Contemporary Issues in Transatlantic Relations




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The City Law School logo This interdisciplinary seminar hosted by the Jean Monnet Chair in Transatlantic Relations at City Law School and the Institute for the Study of European Law (ISEL) examines topical issues in transatlantic relations across a range of subjects and issues, from trade, security and data, to defence.

This seminar reflects upon the state of the art in transatlantic relations, with speakers from a broad variety of disciplines and practice.

It considers inter alia:

  • How should we understand the future of ‘American First’ at the end of the Trump Presidency?
  • What is the current state of the US-Sino tech war and what are its implications for EU-US relations?
  • How do UK-US relations impact upon this equation, in light of the Huawei 5G affair?
  • What is the future of the EU-UK-US triangle in international security, where the EU loses the heft of one of its largest members?
  • Will the UK increasingly align in sectoral fields to the US?
  • What do the negotiation objectives of the EU-US and UK-US indicate to us about the future of the special partnerships?
  • With the world’s largest sanctions regimes, the EU and US will pose a challenge for the UK to alignment purposes- will it inevitably be the EU first?
  • What are its implications for a more significant FTA between the respective parties?
  • How does the rise of the EU as a global data actor influence contemporary politics?
  • Has the US succeeded in taming the global mobility of its social media giants through taxation threats?
  • How does a multilateralist such as the EU deal with the future of American First after the next US election and the development of the uncertain path of Global Britain?
  • Does Churchill’s call for a United States of Europe with the UK outside but closely aligned within the Commonwealth of Nations have any resonance going forward? In any field at all?
  • What developments in the breakdown of the WTO DS system can occur with the aid of the EU, US and UK?
  • Is the US sincere about its reform?
  • Can Global Britain survive a shift outside of the EU without a WTO DS?

The seminar invites a broad swathe of participants to give updates and reflect upon a series of issues from their own field.


  • Dr. Marien ben Slimane, City Law School
  • Marjorie Chorlins, US Chamber of Commerce, UK-US Business Council, tbc
  • Xuechen Chu, Kings College London
  • Prof. Mai’a K. Davis Cross, Northeastern University
  • Prof. Emilio de Capitani, QMUL; Formerly European Parliament Legal Service
  • Prof. Elaine Fahey, City Law School (Organiser)
  • Xinchuchu Gao, Kings College London
  • David Henig, ECIPE
  • Timothy Lyons QC, 39 Essex Chambers
  • Isabella Mancini, City Law School
  • Claude Moraes, former MEP for London, ex Chair LIBE European Parliament Committee
  • Dr. Tim Oliver, Loughborough University
  • Prof. Inderjeet Parmer, City, University of London
  • Dr. Marianne Riddervold, NUPI/ University of Berkeley
  • Prof. Wyn Rees, University of Nottingham
  • Max Schrems, tbc
  • Prof. Mike Smith, University of Warwick

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12.00pm - 6.00pmWednesday 1st July 2020

FG05 City, University of London Whiskin Street London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom