Non-economic objectives and international trade: World Trade Forum 2023

October 13, 2023 @ 9:15 am – October 14, 2023 @ 5:45 pm Europe/Rome Timezone
Refectory, Badia Fiesolana
RSCAS Conference Centre
An annual conference, co-organised with the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, which hosts researchers and practitioners working in the area of trade and development

Global trade and investment are increasingly affected by unilateral policies motivated by both economic and non-economic objectives ranging from national and economic security to protecting workers and the environment, combatting climate change, and promoting social values. The 2023 edition of the annual World Trade Forum, a joint venture of the Global Governance Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre and the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, will focus on the use of trade policies to pursue non-economic goals and recent developments and prospects for sustaining multilateral trade cooperation in a world characterised by rising geopolitical and geo-economic rivalry and existential threats.

As in previous iterations, the conference will bring together researchers and practitioners working in the area of trade and development, with a mix of plenary panel discussions and presentations of research. Subjects that will be addressed include trade and democracy, developments in the area of international dispute settlement, addressing environmental challenges in times of geopolitical tensions, the impact of sanctions on supply chains, making trade & investment policy more inclusive, digital trade policies, data regulation and trade in services, the design and effects of sustainability standards and supply chain due diligence requirements, evidence on the effectiveness of pursuing non-economic objectives through trade agreements, and research on trade and development in Africa and Least Developed Countries.

The conference is by invitation only.