Call for papers TTIP and Beyond Negotiating and implementing the EU’s Free Trade Agreements in an uncertain environment




Event Date: 

06/15/17 to 06/16/17

Location name: 

Rennes, France


The Jean Monnet Network LAWTTIP, a partnership between the University of Bologna, King’s College London and University of Rennes 1

Call for papers

TTIP and Beyond

Negotiating and implementing the EU’s Free Trade Agreements in an uncertain environment Conference

Rennes (France), 15th-16th June 2017

The Jean Monnet Network LAWTTIP, a partnership between the University of Bologna, King’s College London and University of Rennes 1, holds its First Joint Conference in Rennes on June 15th and 16th 2017. Organised by the Institut de l’Ouest: Droit et Europe (IODE UMR CNRS 6262) (Western Institute: Law and Europe) on behalf of the LAWTTIP network, the Conference will take place at Rennes’ Faculty of Law and Political Science. For this event the LAWTTIP Jean Monnet Network issues the present call for papers.

Scientific objectives of the Conference

TTIP has been quite a hot topic on the EU’s Agenda as far as External Action is concerned. Symptom, Model, Symbol? Legal questions raised by TTIP exceed the TTIP negotiation process itself especially in a context of important changes both for the European Union and the United States.

TTIP has become – whether pertinent or not – the symbol of a new generation of EU Free Trade Agreements (FTA) conceiving trade relations in a deep and comprehensive way including new topics within the negotiation.

Still in negotiation, TTIP shed light on a rising generation of Free trade agreements. Citizens, local powers, stakeholders, National Parliaments... discovered that new issues were at stake with such a deep and comprehensive form of trade agreements aiming at interconnecting economies and legal systems. As a snowball effect, raising question within the TTIP negotiation spilled over into other ongoing negotiations. For example, EU-Canada CETA which was at a more advanced procedural stage suddenly became a major European topic. Its signature implied last minute changes and its conclusion and provisional application are subject to several procedural uncertainties (mixity, potential referenda within Member States...).

The purpose of this conference is to review institutional, procedural and democratic issues raised by the negotiation and implementation of TTIP per se, and also as a symbol/revealer of new legal issues implied by the new scope of the EU’s free trade agreements.

The papers will focus on some of the following topics:

1 Negotiating, signing, concluding TTIP and EU’s FTAs

- Negotiation method:

Within this topic, papers may, for example, focus on:

• the legal status of negotiating directives, on the composition of negotiating teams;

• the impact of the legal nature of the partners, a Federal State on one side, a sui generis Legal

entity on the other side on the negotiation and implementation process;

• the application of some general principles of EU law such as the transparency principle or

loyalty principle at the negotiation stage and their impact on the conduct of the negotiation

might be discussed;

• the capacity of stakeholders to influence the negotiation process and content.

- Democratic issues:

Papers dealing with democratic issues may discuss both representative and participative democracy

issues including for example:

• the role of the European Parliament;

• the role of National and local Parliaments of the Member States;

• the potential use of referendums within Member States on TTIP or other FTAs

• the use of the Citizen Initiative instrument

• the role of the Consultative Organs of the EU

- Procedural issues for the EU:

Procedural issues include papers raising issues such as:

• the scope of the EU’s competencies to sign and conclude its new generation of FTAs (legal

basis, mixity, etc.);

• the provisional application of the new generation of FTAs in an uncertain environment;

• the potential need for procedural adaptions of the conventional process within a Brexit


2. Implementing TTIP and EU’s FTAs

- Institutional framework established by the agreements:

TTIP and EU’s FTAs establish common/joint organs in charge of implementing and developing the

partnership in a long term perspective. The capacity of these agreements to generate new norms

derived from their primary provisions raises many questions:

• What normative role for common organs created by agreements for their implementation?

• What parliamentary involvement in their normative activities?

• What legal effect (binding effect, direct effect, etc.) for the acts they adopt?

- Systemic issues:

• Interactions between the EU’s FTAs (potential impact of TTIP on EU’s pre-existing agreements)

Submission informations

Submission deadline

Proposals for contributions of 500 to 1000 words can be sent in English (or exceptionally in French) to before March 15th 2017. Contributors will be selected by the scientific committee and will be notified by end of March. Please note that contributions may be selected either as keynote speaker or as contributor.

Transportation and accommodation costs of participants are covered by the conference organisers.


After the Conference, contributors will send a final English version of their contribution to be published in a book. Please note that although two working languages (French and English) will be used during the Conference, the results of the conference will be published in English only.

Final English written version of the paper (max. 10 000 words) will be due by September 30th for the publication process.