Interactive Discussion on Revitalising Multilateralism

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.

Co-edited by leading economists Professors Simon Evenett and Richard Baldwin, the book explored the types of shocks and profound contemporary shifts that governments and the WTO must be prepared to address today. 

Drawing on themes in the book, the interactive seminar explored critical questions, together with a range of pragmatic suggestions to support the revitalisation of multilateralism over the coming years.

  • 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?


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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