World Trade Forum 2021: Digital, green and open? Global trade policy at a crossroads

October 14, 2021 @ 1:30 pm – October 15, 2021 @ 5:45 pm Europe/Rome Timezone
Refectory, Badia Fiesolana - and Online/Zoom*
Conference Unit

The 2021 World Trade Forum, co-organsied with the World Trade Institute at the University of Bern, brings together leading trade practitioners and scholars, government officials, and representatives of international and nongovernmental organisations. Sessions will address lessons and implications of trade policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, research on digital and trade dimensions of programs to green the economy, EU external policies and prospects for plurilateral cooperation under the umbrella of the WTO. The forum in 2021 will comprise plenary sessions only – due to COVID-19 related space constraints, it will not have the usual structure with several parallel sessions at the same time. All sessions will be hybrid, with speakers that are on site or on-line. All sessions will be live-streamed.

Every year, a book related to the World Trade Forum is published with Cambridge University Press. For 2021, the book project is managed by Henry Gao (Singapore Management University), Damian Raess (WTI) and Ka Zeng (University of Arkansas). The book project this year will organize parallel sessions in November on the topic ‘China and the WTO’.