Joint North American Conference on International Economic Law incorporating the 2018 ASIL IEcLIG Biennial

Managing International Economic (Dis)Integration: Challenges and Opportunities

Friday, September 21, 13:15-20:00
Saturday, September 22, 9:15-17:30

Faculty of Law, McGill University
Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street,
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1W9, Canada

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The conference featured over 20 panels with over 75 speakers on a broad range of international economic law issues, and two keynote speakers: Colin Brown (Deputy Head of Unit, Dispute Settlement and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission) and Kirsten Hillman (Canada’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States).

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This event was accredited by a recognized provider for 10 hours of Continuing Legal Education for jurists.


The American Society of International Law International Economic Law Interest Group (ASIL IEcLIG), the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL), and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), together with McGill University Faculty of Law organized a Joint North American Conference on International Economic Law that incorporates the 2018 ASIL IEcLIG Biennial. The title of the conference is "Managing International Economic (Dis)Integration: Challenges and Opportunities."

The international community continues to grapple with potential moves toward international economic disintegration, such as Brexit, withdrawals from ICSID and BITs, the aftermath of the Euro crisis and the Trump administration’s re-negotiation of the NAFTA and other FTAs.

The current moment also presents opportunities for innovation and for new alliances: the CPTPP may come into force without the United States, and efforts to construct an African Continental Free Trade Area and to establish a multilateral investment court continue apace.

Moreover, emerging economies increasingly take the lead on multilateral initiatives. In the WTO, India and Brazil have proposed new agreements on trade facilitation in services and investment facilitation, respectively. China’s One Belt One Road initiative and the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank are increasingly shaping investment patterns in the region.

The conference took stock of the fast-moving developments at this crucial moment in the evolution of international economic law.

The ASIL IEcLIG is devoted to the study and practice of international economic law. It engages in various activities, including conferences and study projects, and seeks to assist in fostering greater understanding and education in international economic law.

The conference will be held at McGill's Faculty of Law, with thanks to Andrea K. Bjorklund, holder of the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law, the Private Justice and the Rule of Law Research Group, and Robert Leckey, Dean and Samuel Gale Professor of Law.

We also share the original call for papers.

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