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Executive Training Seminar: Rules of Origin in International Trade @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
May 30 @ 11:00 am – Jun 1 @ 5:30 pm

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


Origin is part of our everyday life from the labelling of “made-in” of a product you use or eat to a fashionable dress you wear or a supplied service you watch on Netflix. Yet, despite an extremely regulated society, there are no multilateral rules of origin. This leaves the consumer, business, trade negotiators, regulators and customs officials in a no man’s land. The Agreement on Rules of Origin (ARO) should have filled this gap in the 1990s. Consensus is lacking on the adoption of harmonised rules of origin at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) while hundreds of regional trade agreements (RTA) containing rules of origin provisions have been successfully concluded. Business is moving faster than international negotiations. Initial research shows that firms have managed to comply with rules of origin or cope with the lack of discipline, albeit at a cost.Utilisation rates of free trade agreements (FTAs) are relatively high according to recent findings that will be discussed during this event while compliance remains a costly affair, especially in the case of non-preferential rules of origin. Besides this, existing rules of origin excluding the service component of goods no longer reflect economic realities. A series of questions will be discussed at this seminar: Is the current gap in multilateral rules of origin an anomaly that is worth rectifying? And if so, how can it be rectified? Are the rules of origin contained in RTAs converging towards a viable solution? Are FTAs used effectively by business? How can we measure such utilisation? What could business and trade negotiators do to resume meaningful talks at a multilateral level? How can we reduce the cost of compliance?



Michael Anliker KPMG, Switzerland
Pramila Crivelli Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
María-Isabel García-Catalán European Commission, Belgium (TBC)
Bernard Hoekman European University Institute, Italy
Stefano Inama UNCTAD, Switzerland
Jonas Kasteng National Board of Trade, Sweden
Darlan F. Martí World Trade Organisation, Switzerland
Roberto Soprano PricewaterhouseCoopers, Belgium



Migration Working Group-Transnationalism @ Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Chair: Ester Gallo | EUI

Cosmopolitan Subjectivities of the Indian Diaspora Youth in Europe
Sara Bonfanti | University of Bergamo

Multifocal Sedentarism: Resolving the Ambivalence of Migration through Recognition of Spatially Multiple Belonging
Marta Bivand Erdal | PRIO

15.30-15.45 Coffee break


Critical Junctures and Transformative Events in Diaspora Mobilization for Kosovo and Palestinian Statehood
Maria Koinova | University of Warwick

Europeans outside Europe: How to Govern a European Diaspora?
Agnieszka Weinar | EUI

The Elephant in the Courtroom: a Socio-Legal Study on How Judges Manage Cultural Diversity in Criminal Law Cases in Italy and the UK
Paola Pannia | Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Executive Training Seminar: National Tax Regimes and International Trade Agreements: What Role for WTO and EU Rules? @ Cappella, Villa Schifanoia
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm

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

Potential 2017 US corporate tax reform and the August 2016 EU Commission decision demanding Ireland reclaim €13 billion in improper “state aid” from Apple have put the spotlight on relationships between national tax regimes and international trade agreements. This executive training seminar (ETS) provides an exploration of the law and economics of how issues arising through differences in national tax regimes – corporate income taxes, destination based cash-flow tax (DBCFT), border-adjusted tax (BAT), value-added tax (VAT), etc. – are being addressed under international trade agreement provisions, such as the GATT/WTO, as well as the European Union’s rules on state aid. This ETS is targeted at policymakers, practitioners and students of international economic law who have an interest in the law and economics of trade agreements, and their dispute settlement procedures, on domestic tax regimes.

Confirmed Speakers

Michel Anliker | KPMG
Chad P. Bown | Peterson Institute for International Economics
Petros C. Mavroidis | Columbia Law School
Damien Neven | Graduate Institute Geneva
Luca Rubini | University of Birmingham


Details and Programme

WTO Case Law of 2016 @ Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm

This workshop undertakes a yearly analysis of all case law by the adjudicating bodies of the WTO (un-appealed Panel reports as well as Appellate Body reports). The Reporters’ Studies for 2016 will cover a wide range of WTO law ranging from classic trade in goods issues to trade in services. Each of the cases is jointly evaluated by an economist and a lawyer, both well-known experts in the field of trade law and international economics. The Reporters critically review the jurisprudence of WTO adjudicating bodies and evaluate whether the ruling ‘makes sense’ from an economic as well as legal point of view, and if not, whether the problem lies in the interpretation of the law or the law itself. The Studies do not always cover all issues discussed in a case, but they seek to discuss both the procedural and the substantive issues that form the ‘core’ of the dispute.


Programme and Registration here

Global Risk Analysis & Europe’s Changing Security Environment @ Cappella
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm

Executive Training Seminar

19-21 June 2017

Scientific Coordinator: Ulrich Krotz | European University Institute & Masha Hedberg | SAIS Europe & European University Institute


This Executive Training Seminar will introduce participants to approaches and tools for identifying global security risks and understanding the scope and implications of current humanitarian, military and complex political crises for European security. Bringing together academic specialists, policymakers, and think tank experts to discuss the changing international security environment, the three-day seminar offers an in-depth overview of emerging geopolitical, technological, societal and economic risks, the drivers that are at work, and the possible measures for addressing evolving security challenges. Topics include the changing nature of state and non-state threats at Europe’s door; the rise of cyber dependence and ever-growing cyber fragilities; NATO’s plausible futures in the wake of the U.S. presidential election; and the security nexus of the migration and refugee crisis. Through presentations, case studies, and simulations, attendees will gain a greater appreciation of how global risks could evolve and interact in the next decade, and the solutions that will be needed to respond to and manage the forces at play.



Draft Programme


Confirmed Speakers

Ariane Chebel d’Appolonia | Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration
Masha Hedberg | SAIS Europe & European University Institute
Erik Jones | SAIS Europe
Andres Kasekamp | University of Tartu, Estonia
Ulrich Krotz | European University Institute
Hanns Maul | Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Michal Onderco | Erasmus University Rotterdam
Brandon Valeriano | Cardiff University