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Standards, Regulation And (Transatlantic) Trade Integration

Dates:
  • Mon 10 Nov 2014 08.45 - 18.00
  • Tue 11 Nov 2014 08.45 - 14.00
  Add to Calendar 2014-11-10 8:45 2014-11-11 14:00 Europe/Paris Standards, Regulation And (Transatlantic) Trade Integration

The aims of this conference are three fold. Firstly, to understand the importance that private standards now play in international trade, including in the context of global value chains and international production fragmentation. To this effect, there will be presented papers that discuss private standards in the two major jurisdictions where they occur - the EU and the US. Secondly, to clarify the current regulation of private standards. This is a murky area, and the current debates in the WTO illustrate the state of confusion regarding this subject. For reasons that have to do with the elaboration of standards in the two transatlantic partners, who are the drivers of cooperation in the WTO, the issue of private standards was left hanging. No subsequent action has rectified the original birth defects of the WTO regarding this issue. Finally, to see how WTO, in light of the discussion under the first two points, should respond to the current situation: there is an ever increasing number of overlapping standards and absence of legal certainty regarding their status. Uncertainty is in and of itself an impediment to trade liberalization, and through this conference the aim is to contribute to the debate by proposing pragmatic solutions that will help reduce its size. An immediate focal point for this discussion is the TTIP negotiations. The decision by the EU and the US to pursue a TTIP implies that anything will be seen to happen in WTO for quite some time - the focus of deliberation has moved elsewhere. This is one of many reasons why the TTIP talks matter. It is expected that a number of the sessions will include discussion of the approaches that are being pursued – or that could be taken – in the TTIP context to address the trade effects of differences in the treatment of private standards

Conference Room, Villa la Fonte DD/MM/YYYY
  Conference Room, Villa la Fonte

The aims of this conference are three fold. Firstly, to understand the importance that private standards now play in international trade, including in the context of global value chains and international production fragmentation. To this effect, there will be presented papers that discuss private standards in the two major jurisdictions where they occur - the EU and the US. Secondly, to clarify the current regulation of private standards. This is a murky area, and the current debates in the WTO illustrate the state of confusion regarding this subject. For reasons that have to do with the elaboration of standards in the two transatlantic partners, who are the drivers of cooperation in the WTO, the issue of private standards was left hanging. No subsequent action has rectified the original birth defects of the WTO regarding this issue. Finally, to see how WTO, in light of the discussion under the first two points, should respond to the current situation: there is an ever increasing number of overlapping standards and absence of legal certainty regarding their status. Uncertainty is in and of itself an impediment to trade liberalization, and through this conference the aim is to contribute to the debate by proposing pragmatic solutions that will help reduce its size. An immediate focal point for this discussion is the TTIP negotiations. The decision by the EU and the US to pursue a TTIP implies that anything will be seen to happen in WTO for quite some time - the focus of deliberation has moved elsewhere. This is one of many reasons why the TTIP talks matter. It is expected that a number of the sessions will include discussion of the approaches that are being pursued – or that could be taken – in the TTIP context to address the trade effects of differences in the treatment of private standards


Location:
Conference Room, Villa la Fonte

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Conference

Organiser:
Professor Petros C. Mavroidis (EUI - RSCAS and LAW)
Professor Bernard Hoekman (EUI - RSCAS)

Contact:
Sara Bini - Send a mail

Attachment:
Programme

Links:
GGP Website
 
 

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