The Next Generation of International Trade Agreements

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 
Dean Rusk International Law Center
Monday, September 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of Georgia School of Law
CLE credit available
Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law
Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law


Business Law SocietyUniversity of Georgia School of Law
Corsair Law SocietyUniversity of Georgia School of Law
International Law Society, University of Georgia School of Law
University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs

Padideh Ala'i, American University Law  Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Law  Kathleen Claussen, Miami Law ▪ Travis Cresswell, Coca-Cola ▪ Harlan G. Cohen, Georgia Law ▪ Antonia Eliason, Mississippi Law  Robert Howse, NYU Law ▪ C. Donald JohnsonGeorgia Law ▪  Nicolas Lamp, Queen’s University Law ▪ Timothy Meyer, Vanderbilt Law ▪ Stewart Moran, Carter’s ▪ Ling-Ling Nie, Panasonic ▪ Gregory Shaffer, UC Irvine Law ▪ Tina Termei, corporate counsel ▪ Markus Wagner, Warwick Law ▪  Audrey Winter, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative ▪ Mark Wu, Harvard Law ▪ 



International trade law is at inflection point. Until quite recently, international trade agreements appeared to be moving along a relatively predictable trajectory. Reforms and changes were discussed and negotiated, but mostly along the margins of a supposed consensus about the general direction of the field. Political events of the past year, though – Brexit, the United States’ abandonment of TPP, calls to renegotiate NAFTA, accelerating negotiations of RCEP, and China’s roll out of its One Belt One Road initiative, among others – have challenged that trajectory and sent policymakers and trade lawyers in search of a new trade compass.  A new period of negotiation and renegotiation, however, is on the horizon. While this is a source for many of anxiety, it is also an opportunity for progress, reform, and creative thinking. This conference will bring together top scholars and practitioners in the field to discuss the directions forward for international agreements. What should be on the table as old agreements are reopened and new ones are negotiated?  What changes are needed to adapt trade agreements to new economic and technological realities?  And how can the next generation of trade agreements respond to globalization’s discontents?  


9:00-9:15: Introductory Remarks
                 Dean Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge
                 Kathleen A. Doty, Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center
9:15-10:45: Setting the Negotiating Agenda
                 C. Donald Johnson ▪ Kathleen Claussen ▪ Nicolas Lamp ▪ Timothy Meyer
11:00-12:30: Pluralism/Regionalism/Fragmentation
                 Antonia Eliason ▪ Markus Wagner ▪ Robert Howse
                 Harlan G. Cohen, moderator
12:45-2:15: Industry Roundtable Luncheon Conversation
                 Ling-Ling Nie ▪ Stewart Moran ▪ Travis Cresswell
                Christopher Bruner, moderator
2:30-4:00: Changing Dynamics in Global Trade Negotiations
                 Gregory Shaffer ▪ Mark Wu ▪ Padideh Ala'i
                 Tina Termei, moderator
4:00-4:05: Closing Remarks
                 Victoria A. Barker, Editor-in-Chief, Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law
Registration is now closed. 
The University of Georgia School of Law is committed to providing reasonable access and accommodations for people with disabilities upon request.  For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Alex Sklut at or 706-542-5167 at least three business days prior to the event.
Pictured above: Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge over the Savannah River, Savannah, Georgia (1998) by Jonas N. Jordan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers