Interactive Discussion on Revitalising Multilateralism

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Revitalising Multilateralism: Pragmatic ideas for the new World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General. This is a recently released e-book, co-edited by leading economists
Professors Simon Evenett and Richard Baldwin, with a chapter contributed by IIT's Professor Peter Draper and Dr Dessie Ambaw. Drawing on themes in the book, this interactive seminar explores the types of shocks and profound contemporary shifts that governments and the WTO must be prepared to address today.

Questions include:

  • What has the COVID-19 pandemic revealed about the limitations of the multilateral system?  
  • What underlying choices are WTO members currently grappling with? 
  • Is there hope for a revitalisation of multilateral cooperation on trade?

Join us as we explore these critical questions, together with a range of pragmatic suggestions to support the revitalisation of multilateralism over the coming years.


Deborah Elms (Moderator), Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre & President, Asia Business Trade Association

Professor Simon Evenett (Presenter), Professor of International Trade, University of St. Gallen and Research Fellow, CEPR

Professor Peter Draper (Presenter), Executive Director, Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide

Professor Andrew Lang (Presenter), Chair in International Law and Global Governance, Edinburgh Law School

James Baxter (Discussant), First Assistant Secretary, Office of Trade Negotiations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 



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