Professor David Collins addresses forum on UK trade issues
On 12th September 2016, Professor of International Economic Law in The City Law School, Professor David Collins, chaired a panel on 'Trade and Investment Post Brexit' at the British Institute for International and Comparative Law.
The event was held to discuss the UK’s future trade and investment treaties and its role in existing treaties (such as the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Tariff Agreement (CETA) as well as the currently negotiated Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It also looked at the role of the UK going forward as a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Sold out event
He also offered commentary regarding the UK's membership of the World Trade Organisation.
The panel comprised prominent speakers, including, Sir Daniel Bethlehem from 20 Essex Street Chambers, Kjetil Johansen of DLA Piper (Norway), Herbert Smith Freehills' Iain Maxwell, Caroline Morgan from the European Commission and Thomas Sebastian from Monckton Chambers.
The sold out event (about 80 guests attending) was made up of legal practitioners, academics, journalists and policy analysts.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is an intergovernmental organization which regulates international trade. The WTO officially commenced on 1 January 1995 under the Marrakesh Agreement, signed by 123 nations on 15 April 1994, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which commenced in 1948. The WTO deals with regulation of trade between participating countries by providing a framework for negotiating trade agreements and a dispute resolution process aimed at enforcing participants' adherence to WTO agreements, which are signed by representatives of member governments and ratified by their parliaments.