WORKSHOP: North-South FTAs - trade, policy and Europe

The University of Bristol Law School hosts a workshop which examines the findings in Dr Clair Gammage's book on North-South Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes, in light of the EU's Policy Coherence Development initiative and current negotiations regarding British exit of the EU.

Dr Clair Gammage, in her 2017 book on North-South Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes, has examined the manifestation of European Union (EU) policy regarding regionalism in relation to African, Caribbean and Pacific States. In particular, she has identified the importance of going beyond a 'laundry list of obligations' towards a 'wider trade and development relationship'. This workshop examines her findings in the light of the Policy Coherence Development initiative promoted by the European Commission in 2017, alongside the current negotiations regarding British Exit of the EU (Brexit). A recent report on ‘Human Rights and Business’ from the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights indicates that it would expect the types of human rights clauses in EU bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) to be replicated (and even improved) in UK external relations relating to trade and it is timely to consider how this can be achieved. We are delighted to announce the following panel of speakers: Clair Gammage (Bristol), Maria Garcia (Bath), Emily Jones (Oxford), Tonia Novitz (Bristol), Phil Syrpis (University of Bristol and Parliamentary Academic Fellow) and Gabriel Siles-Brugge (Warwick). There will be contributions also from local, national and global NGOs and Commission staff representatives.


2 - 2.15pm - WELCOME

2. 15 - 3pm FIRST PANEL - EU POLICY ON NORTH-SOUTH AGREEMENTS (Chair – Prof. Phil Syrpis)

  • Clair Gammage (Bristol) - The dynamics of North-South trade agreements and 'integration through law'
  • Maria Garcia (Bath) - EU-South America trade agreements at the intersection between competitiveness and developmental goals
  • Tonia Novitz (Bristol) - 'Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade' - preliminary findings of our 'SMART' research

Comments from panellists.


3.15 - 4.15pm SECOND PANEL - PROSPECTS POST-BREXIT (Chair – Prof. Tonia Novitz)

  • Emily Jones (Oxford) - making UK trade work for development post-Brexit
  • Sophie Hardefeldt (Trade Justice Movement) – TJM’s trade and democracy work
  • Gabriel Siles-Brügge (Warwick) - Efficiency vs. legitimacy? The role of parliamentary scrutiny in UK trade policy

Comment from Clair Gammage.

4.30pm - 5.30pm DRINKS and BOOK LAUNCH



This event is free, please register here.

Published Sep. 27, 2017 4:33 PM - Last modified Oct. 16, 2018 10:49 AM