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May
31
Fri
2019
Asia-EU Trade Workshop and Roundtable @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
May 31 @ 9:00 am – Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm

The Asia-EU Trade Workshop and Roundtable will discuss ongoing research papers prepared as part of the RESPECT project and discuss recent developments and policy research focusing on analyses, scenarios and prospects for the US trade war; the state of play and developments in EU and Asian trade agreements (KORUS, EU-Japan, CPTPP, RCEP); EU-China economic relations and the Belt & Road initiative, and WTO reform initiatives and dispute resolution.

N.B. Kindly note the Roundtable on 1 June takes place in the Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana.

Lunch and dinner by invitation only.

PROGRAMME

REGISTRATION

 

Jun
12
Wed
2019
EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY-MAKING: FROM DATA TO DECISION-MAKING @ Villa Schifanoia
Jun 12 – Jun 14 all-day

Executive Training Seminar

Academy of Global Governance, in collaboration with the School of Transnational Governance

 

Scientific Coordinators: Gaby Umbach | Director Globalstat, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute; and Caterina F. Guidi | Coordinator Globalstat, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute

 

Introduction

In times of increasing populism and contestation of politics, reliable information plays a vital role for well-informed policy-making based on evidence rather than emotions and fake news. The popular legitimacy of any political system around the world today, maybe more than ever, depends on its effective capacity to successfully deliver good and targeted outcomes as a policy-shaper and law-maker based on facts. These outcomes have to be based on reliable data in order to make political decisions understandable, assessable, sustainable and future-oriented.

Within the preparatory and scrutiny processes of policy-making, policy proposals, legislative acts and implementation arrangements are increasingly assessed and evaluated on the basis of factual evidence and statistical data. Such evidence-based monitoring is increasingly recognised as a complex steering mode in itself that resulted from changing governance patterns supranationalisation and globalisation. Therefore, evidence-based policy-making reflects the need to re-structure the interaction of political actors of different institutional origins and political levels and represents an influential policy instrument at the border of the politics and policy dimensions of multilevel political systems.

While the demand for independent sources of evidence and expertise in policy-making has hence grown enormously, the landscape of data sources and the ways how to best inject evidence into policy-making have grown exuberantly and become easily confusing for any non-data scientist. The present Executive Training Seminar will contribute to a better understanding of different modes and instruments of evidence-based policy-making. It will examine recent developments in evidence-based policy-making, data science and policy evaluation, including various tools of impact and implementation assessment, scientific evaluation, strategic foresight, the policy-oriented use of large data resources and data visualisation. The main purpose of the Executive Training Seminar is to provide fresh ideas on how to develop a convincing toolbox for providing evidence for policy-makers, including critical assessments of the limits of empirical and data evidence in defining new policies. Through presentations, case studies, and ‘hands on’ work, attendees will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of main issues related to evidence-based policy-making.

draft programme (by 7 May 2019)

Application form (open until 2 June 2019)

 

Speakers:

Ricardo Borges de Castro | European Commission, Belgium
Jonathan Breckon | Alliance for Useful Evidence, United Kingdom
Tracey Brown | Sense about Science, United Kingdom
Christian Dietrich | European Union Institute for Security Studies, France
Caterina Francesca Guidi | European University Institute, Italy
Sandy Oliver | University College London, United Kingdom
Giulio Sabbati | European Parliament Research Service, Belgium
Holger Straßheim | University of Bielefeld, Germany
Gaby Umbach | European University Institute, Italy
Barend van der Meulen | Leiden University, Netherlands

 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 2 June 2019.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 19 May 2019.

Jun
26
Wed
2019
Rules of origin and utilisation rates @ Villa Schifanoia
Jun 26 – Jun 28 all-day

Academy of Global Governance (in collaboration with the School of Transnational Governance)

 

Scientific Coordinators:
Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute
Stefano Inama | UNCTAD

 

Cappella, Villa Schifanoia, Via Boccaccio 121 – Florence

26 – 28 JUNE 2019

 

INTRODUCTION

Rules of origin are part of the ‘plumbing’ of trade policy – the criteria that are used by customs authorities to determine where a good has been produced. They attract little attention by policy-makers and are often wrongly seen as simply a technical matter that is best left to specialists. But rules of origin matter in many ways and are in practice a key instrument through which trade policy is made effective. Indeed, rules of origin are sometimes described as the means through which a government or a specific industry can ensure that what is given by one hand, in particular liberalisation of access to the market through a trade agreement or the granting of trade preferences to developing countries, is taken away by the other. Rules of origin can be and are ‘modulated’ to determine the ability of foreign firms to benefit from preferential access to markets. This executive training seminar will provide an introduction to the basic law and economics of applied rule of origin regimes in major markets, demystify key concepts such as ‘cumulation’, discuss the evidence on the impacts of different types of rules, the political economy drivers of rules of origin, and the options and strategies that have been proposed by developing countries and analysts to make rules of origin less of a barrier to trade.

 

draft programme (by 8 May 2019)

Application form (open until 12 June 2019)

 

Speakers:

Mette Azzam | World Customs Organisation, Belgium
Pramila Crivelli
| UNCTAD, Switzerland
Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute, Italy
Stefano Inama | UNCTAD, Switzerland
Jonas Kasteng | Swedish Board of Trade, Sweden
Frédéric Payot | SECA, Switzerland
Thomas Verbeet | World Trade Organisation, Switzerland


 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 12 June 2019.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 2 June 2019.

Jul
8
Mon
2019
China’s Global Ambitions in the Age of Xi Jinping: Envisioning Multiple Scenarios @ Villa La Fonte
Jul 8 – Jul 10 all-day

Global Governance Programme (in collaboration with the School of Transnational Governance and the Torino World Affairs Institute)

 

Scientific Coordinators: Giovanni B. Andornino | University of Torino, European University Institute and Torino World Affairs Institute, and Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence and European University Institute

8-10 JULY 2019

INTRODUCTION
This Executive Training Seminar brings together European and Chinese scholars with robust experience in strategic foresight to explore the most salient political and socioeconomic trends
currently defining China’s domestic transformations as well as Beijing’s increasingly ambitious international posture. It offers outstanding graduate students, young scholars and professionals an
intimate setting that encourages informal interaction and hands-on learning through scenario-making techniques.

Over the first two days of training participants will be exposed to a variety of perspectives on the strategic outcomes of the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party, including its
implications for China’s foreign policy and for the next cycle of domestic reforms envisaged to enhance the country’s competitiveness. Special attention will be devoted to the Belt and Road Initiative and to China’s endeavours in the realm of international institution-building. Scholars will reflect on how President Xi Jinping’s stated goal of moving China to the global centre stage by 2049 will reverberate on political dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, on world trade and global macroeconomic stability, and on international development.

In pursuit of a learning experience that generates actionable knowledge for participants, the Executive Training Seminar culminates in a half-day scenario-building exercise. In a very interactive
session, participants identify and assess relevant macro-variables, isolate mega-trends and critical uncertainties, articulate alternative ‘futures’, and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the ‘official future’ to their preferred scenario.

 

draft programme (by 7 May 2019)

Application form (open until 27 June 2019)

 

SPEAKERS

Giovanni B. Andornino | University of Torino, European University Institute, and Torino World Affairs Institute, Italy
Gregory Chin | York University, Toronto, Canada
Giuseppe Gabusi | University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute, Italy
Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence, and European University Institute, Italy
Richard W. X. HU | University of Hong Kong, China
Yu Zheng | Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom

 

 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 27 June 2019.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 12 June 2019.

Jul
10
Wed
2019
Revitalising rule-making and dispute resolution in the WTO – assessing the state of play @ Villa Schifanoia
Jul 10 – Jul 12 all-day

Academy of Global Governance (in collaboration with the School of Transnational Governance)

 

Scientific Coordinators:
Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute
Chad P. Bown | Peterson Institute for International Economics

 

Cappella, Villa Schifanoia, Via Boccaccio 121 – Florence

10 – 12 JULY 2019

 

INTRODUCTION

The learning objective of the course is to give participants an up-to-date understanding of the law and economics of the policy drivers of current global trade conflicts and WTO reform proposals put forward by major protagonists to address their concerns. The course focuses on the strategic challenges confronting the multilateral trade system, many of which centre on managing the repercussions of the rise of China as a major trade power. The accession of China to the WTO was a watershed development for the trade regime. Rapid growth by China has led to geopolitical tensions, both because of its size and its distinct development model.

This course will provide an introduction to the main sources of systemic tension associated with the rise of China, major gaps in the WTO rulebook and help participants understand key issues that have led to deadlock in the WTO and a resurgence in aggressive unilateralism by the US. Speakers will provide a legal, economic and geo-politically informed analysis of the state of play and proposals put forward to strengthen global rules on the use of industrial policies, including technology transfer requirements and the behaviour of state-owned enterprises; regulation of e-commerce and digital trade and invocation of national and economic security concerns to restrict access to markets. The course will also consider the dispute about the operation of the WTO Appellate Body and possible scenarios for reform of trade conflict resolution.

 

 draft programme (by 8 May 2019)

Application form (open until 30 June 2019)

 

Speakers:

Chad P. Bown | Peterson Institute for International Economics, United States
Simon Evenett | University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Martina Ferracane | ECIPE, Belgium
Bernard Hoekman | European University Institute, Italy
Patrick Low | University of Hong Kong, China
Petros C. Mavroidis | Columbia Law School, United States
Robert McDougal | Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada
Luca Rubini | University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Craig Vangrasstek | Harvard Law School, United States
Robert Wolfe | Queen’s University, Canada
Mark Wu | Harvard Law School, United States



 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 30 June 2019.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 16 June 2019.

Jul
11
Thu
2019
The resurgence of Russia’s global outreach: challenges and opportunities @ Villa La Fonte
Jul 11 – Jul 13 all-day

The resurgence of Russia’s global outreach: challenges and opportunities

 

Scientific Coordinators

Giovanni Andornino | European University Institute, University of Torino and Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai)

Giorgia Giovannetti | European University Institute and University of Florence

 

 

INTRODUCTION

This Executive Training Seminar brings together scholars and policy analysts from key Russian and Western institutions for an intensive programme combining insights into Russia’s current socio-political dynamics, foreign policy, and economy.

 

Over the first two days of activities, participants will be exposed to multiple perspectives on the state of the Russian economy, the political economy of international sanctions, the evolution of the official rhetoric shaping Russia as a civilisational state with a distinct system of cultural values, and the shifting topography of Russia’s global projection – with a focus on its relations with Europe, China, and the Middle East.

 

In pursuit of a learning experience that generates actionable knowledge for participants, the Executive Training Seminar then culminates in a half-day-long scenario-building exercise. Participants are led to identify and assess relevant macro-variables – chiefly of a political and economic nature –, isolating mega trends and critical uncertainties in order to articulate alternative “futures” and discuss appropriate policies to steer from the “official future” to the preferred scenario.

 

draft programme (by 15 May 2019)

Application form (open until 27 June 2019)

 

 

SPEAKERS

Giovanni B. Andornino | University of Torino, European University Institute, and Torino World Affairs Institute, Italy
Giorgia Giovannetti | University of Florence, and European University Institute, Italy
Andrey Kortunov | Russian International Affairs Council, Russia
Dmitri Trenin | Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Russia
Julien Vercueil | INALCO, France

 

 

APPLICATIONS

Executive Training Seminars at the Academy of Global Governance are free of charge. Participants are expected, however, to bear the costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. In order to apply for participation, please fill in the application form before 27 June 2019.

For applicants from the LDCs (as defined by the United Nations) there is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available. Please include a motivation letter in your application. Deadline for scholarship requests: 12 June 2019.