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Regional Economic Integration Beyond the European Union

Dates:
  • Thu 14 Nov 2019 10.00 - 12.30
  Add to Calendar 2019-11-14 10:00 2019-11-14 12:30 Europe/Paris Regional Economic Integration Beyond the European Union

There are currently over 280 regional trade agreements in force. These agreements’ effects extend well beyond trade. Over half have investment and competition chapters and a significant proportion labour, environmental protection, intellectual property and e-commerce chapters. Over twenty have extensive governance arrangements. They are a central and growing feature, therefore, of the government of the international political economy. There is little legal literature on these agreements, however, and much of it focuses on parallels with the European Union. There are dangers of oversimplification and Eurocentric bias in such an approach, particularly as the European Union’s influence on more recent agreements is very uncertain. This course has, therefore, a different focus, seeking to learn about regionalism through comparing a number of non-European regional arrangements from around the world. It will compare the USMCA agreement and its predecessor NAFTA in North America; Mercosur in South America; and ASEAN in South East Asia. There will also be reference to other agreements for particular topics include ECOWAS and the SADC (Africa), the CPTPP and Pacific Alliance (Asia Pacific), and the Closer Economic Relationship (Australasia). The coverage will be thematic go to both the governance of these arrangements and their substantive laws. After an introduction, the themes addressed will include administration and rule-making, parliamentarism and interest representation, dispute settlement, free movement of goods, investor protection, free movement of services, citizenship and free movement of persons, competition, and environment protection.

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  Sala del Camino

There are currently over 280 regional trade agreements in force. These agreements’ effects extend well beyond trade. Over half have investment and competition chapters and a significant proportion labour, environmental protection, intellectual property and e-commerce chapters. Over twenty have extensive governance arrangements. They are a central and growing feature, therefore, of the government of the international political economy. There is little legal literature on these agreements, however, and much of it focuses on parallels with the European Union. There are dangers of oversimplification and Eurocentric bias in such an approach, particularly as the European Union’s influence on more recent agreements is very uncertain. This course has, therefore, a different focus, seeking to learn about regionalism through comparing a number of non-European regional arrangements from around the world. It will compare the USMCA agreement and its predecessor NAFTA in North America; Mercosur in South America; and ASEAN in South East Asia. There will also be reference to other agreements for particular topics include ECOWAS and the SADC (Africa), the CPTPP and Pacific Alliance (Asia Pacific), and the Closer Economic Relationship (Australasia). The coverage will be thematic go to both the governance of these arrangements and their substantive laws. After an introduction, the themes addressed will include administration and rule-making, parliamentarism and interest representation, dispute settlement, free movement of goods, investor protection, free movement of services, citizenship and free movement of persons, competition, and environment protection.


Location:
Sala del Camino

Affiliation:
Department of Law

Type:
Seminar

Contact:
Valentina Spiga - Send a mail

Speaker:
Prof. Jürgen Kurtz (EUI - Law Department)
 
 

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