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Ensuring Resilience of Global Supply of Essential Services in Combating COVID-19

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By The Global Services Coalition
As the world continues to grapple with the global COVID-19 pandemic, the members of the Global Services Coalition wish to express solidarity with the work of governments and international institutions to combat its spread. As associations representing all segments of the services industry, we call on governments to take a range of critical measures to maintain resilience in the supply of essential services during this time of crisis.

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COVID-19: Offering us a glimpse into the future of work, the global economy and technology

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By Simon Lacey - Senior Lecturer in International Trade, Institute for International Trade
COVID-19 has already exacted a horrific death toll in dozens of countries and is only going to get worse in the coming weeks and months. The same is true of the economic fallout it has caused. Soon political leaders will have to make extremely difficult choices as the trade-offs between saving lives and saving economies become even more stark. 

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Geopolitics, Trade and Protectionism: Covid-19’s impact and paths forward

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Dr. Naoise McDonagh - Lecturer in Political Economy, Institute for International Trade
As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, country after country has had to implement the three “L”s: lockdown non-essential services and operations; lockout all non-essential people who are not citizens; lock-in all goods that are considered to be essential to managing the growing health emergency.

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Non-Tariff Measures and Behind-the-Border Domestic Regulation Impacting Trade in Research and Innovation Services

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Simon Lacey - Senior Lecturer in International Trade, The University of Adelaide
This topic is very interesting and slightly unusual, not least because non-tariff barriers are trade barriers that only affect trade in goods, since by definition a tariff can arguably only be levied on a physical good as it crosses a border. 

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The EU and COVID-19

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Richard Pomfret - Professor of Economics & Jean Monnet Chair Economics of European Integration, The University of Adelaide
The EU has had a crisis-ridden decade with the sovereign debt, migration and Brexit crises. By the end of 2019, with the Greek debt crisis winding down, migration and refugees out of the headlines and Brexit done, skies looked clearer for the new Commission under Ursula von der Leyen and the new head of the European Central Bank (ECB) Christine Lagarde. 

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Women in International Trade, enabling world economies for gender equality

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Adriana Espejo Sanchez - Ph.D. Candidate: Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide
Celebrating women’s achievements globally during International Women’s Day 2020 provides an opportune time to reflect not only on the critical role women play in society, but also to consider what actions are still required on the road to gender parity..

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Digital Trade Policy: Governance of Cross-Border Data Flows

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Digital Trade Policy: Governance of Cross-Border Data Flows
Presented at the Institute by Bryan Mercurio, Simon F.S. Li Professor of Law from The Chinese University of Hong Kong 
Data flows play a vital role in Hong Kong’s economy, especially as the city is seeking to become Asia’s Fintech hub

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The UK after Brexit

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Richard Pomfret - Professor of Economics & Jean Monnet Chair Economics of European Integration, The University of Adelaide
On 31 January 2020 Britons celebrated or mourned the UK’s departure from the European Union.  Brexit will be followed by a transition period until the end of the current EU budget cycle on 31 December 2020.  During the transition, the UK will continue to adhere to EU rules while managing the practicalities of Brexit. 

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Trade and Investment in Services: An urgent Agenda

17 February 2020 - IIT staff and Ph.D. Students attended the seminar "Trade and Investment in Services: An urgent Agenda” presented by Hein Roelfsema, IIT's visiting Associate Professor for International Economics.

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The Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement: Boosting Australian Innovation and Services Exports.

21 February 2020, the Centre of Excellence and the Trade and Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) network co-hosted with the Australian Institute for International Affairs a Policy Round Table on The Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement: Boosting Australian Innovation and Services Exports.
The Round Table centred on presentations by Jan Hutton, Deputy Chief Australian Negotiator in the FTA negotiations, and TIISA fellow Hein Roelfsema from the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and a contribution by Cornelis Keijzer  from the EU negotiating team.  The lively Q&A were led by Jane Drake-Brockman (TIISA Coordinator) and Richard Pomfret (Centre of Excellence Director). 
The event, held at the Science Exchange in Adelaide, attracted an audience of around seventy people.

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