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Appellate Review and Rule of Law In International Trade and Investment Law

The International Economic Law and Policy Working Groups

Add to calendar 2022-01-20 14:30 2022-01-20 17:30 Europe/Rome Appellate Review and Rule of Law In International Trade and Investment Law Refectory Badia Fiesolana YYYY-MM-DD


20 January 2022

14:30 - 17:30 CET



Badia Fiesolana

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Do regulatory competition, geopolitical rivalries, climate change, regionalism and plurilateral agreements risk undermining the UN and WTO legal orders and sustainable development objectives? How should the EU respond? This conference aims to create an interactive and targeted discussion on these intricate questions, with presentations by esteemed scholars in international economic law and policy

Why is it that the EU promotes judicialization and appellate review in trade and investment relations while the US government has unilaterally disrupted the appellate review system of the Word Trade Organization and seeks to limit judicial remedies in trade and investment agreements? Is appellate review necessary for protecting rule of law, sustainable development and prevention of trade, investment and climate conflicts? Answers to these questions are influenced by the prevailing conceptions of international economic law. Commercial law conceptions and Anglo-Saxon neo-liberalism often prioritize private autonomy and business-driven arbitration and market regulation. Authoritarian governments tend to prioritize state sovereignty and intergovernmental dispute settlements. European ordo-liberalism emphasizes the need for embedding economic markets into multilevel human and constitutional rights and judicial remedies.


Professor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, European University Institute,

Professor Fabrizio Marrella, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice,

Dr Maria Laura Marceddu, European University Institute, and

Professor Bernard Hoekman, European University Institute


Valeria Raso

Scientific Organiser(s):

Tine Deschuytere


Prof. Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann (EUI - Law Department)

Maria Laura Marceddu (European University Institute)

Prof. Fabrizio Marrella (Università ʼCà Foscariʼ di Venezia)

Bernard Hoekman (European University Institute)

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