World Trade Forum: Behind-the-Border Policies and Global Trade

The World Trade Forum 2016 took place on 23 and 24 September 2016 in Florence. It was organised by the World Trade Institute, the European University Institute, the Trade Policy Research Network and the Centre for Economic Policy Research.

23 September

Welcome by Renaud Dehousse | President of the European University Institute (EUI) and Brigid Laffan Director of Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and of the Global Governance Programme

Opening remarks by Joseph Francois | World Trade Institute (WTI) and Bernard Hoekman | EUI

Plenary Session I: Roundtable on FDI, Value Chains and Behind the Border Policies

Chair: Bernard Hoekman | EUI


Lucian Cernat | DG Trade, European Commission

Arancha González | Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC)

Beata Javorcik | Oxford University

Charles Sabel | Columbia University

Questions and Answers

Plenary Session 2: Prospects for Further Trade Integration Lessons from Brexit TTIP and WTO

Chair: Richard Newfarmer | International Growth Centre


Thomas Cottier | WTI Thomas Bollyky | Council on Foreign Relations

Walter Werner | Ambassador to the WTO, Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany

Marc Vanheukelen | Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the European Union to the WTO

Questions and Answers

24 September

Plenary Session III Roundtable on Global Trade Policy: State of Play and Prospects

Chair: Shawn Donnan | Financial Times


Anabel González | Senior Director, World Bank

Christian Friis Bach | Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Raed Safadi | ‎Department of Economic Development, Dubai

Carl Hamilton | DG Trade, European Commission

Questions and Answers

Concluding Roundtable by Joseph Francois | WTI and Bernard Hoekman | EUI