Deadline Extension: Global Politics and EU Free Trade Policy Conference, 10-11 December 2018





The Horizon 2020 Project EUTIP on European Union (EU) Trade and Investment Policy is organizing an interdisciplinary conference on Global Politics and EU Free Trade Policy on 10th and 11th December 2018 in Brussels.

EU trade policy moves in a changing global environment. Multilateral institutions are in danger, and at the same time trade disputes are increasing. Current events show the close connection between trade and security policy. Protectionist trade sanctions are allegedly motivated by security policy reasons; conversely, security policy measures affect international trade. The subject of this conference therefore is the exploration of the relations between Global Policies and EU Trade Policy. For this purpose, three sub-themes have been identified which will structure this event, and to which we invite contributions from scholars from any related discipline (Law, Politics, Economics, Sociology).

The conference will be opened by a keynote on “The relationship of EU-FTA to multilateral trade rules in a rapidly polarising and isolationist world” given by Professor Mary Footer.

Theme 1: Relation of EU FTAs to Multilateral Trade Rules

The first theme relates to the assessment of EU trade policy in view of the multilateral trade framework of the WTO whose rules need to be observed in tailoring EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). Professor Marco Bronckers will address the increasing gap between FTAs and the WTO in his keynote.

Theme 2: EU Trade Policy in Global Policy Context

The second theme considers the EU Trade policy in a global policy context. Indeed, since EU FTAs also are an instrument of general external policy of the EU and its Member States, trade liberalisation by entering into FTAs may have repercussions on global policy issues, like security policy and the EU´s partnership within the NATO, or on human rights policies. Professor Sven Biscop will deliver a keynote for this panel.

Theme 3: EU Trade Defence Instruments in a Protectionist Environment – Fit for Purpose?

Related to the latter theme, the far-spread use of trade defence measures and the resulting trade diversions pose the question as to whether EU trade defence instruments in their new shape comply with multilateral rules. Professor Frank Hoffmeister from the European Commission will open this panel with a keynote.


Interested scholars are welcome to submit an abstract (300-500 words) for a presentation within one of the three themes.

Deadline for sending the abstract is

Deadline for sending the abstract is 15th October 2018 (Deadline Extension) Please provide a short biographical note together with your submission. Please send them both to Professor Dr Wolfgang Weiß, and Robert Böttner, The selected speakers will be informed by 20th October 2018.

The conference will take place in Brussels at the premises of the University of Birmingham (Avenue d’Auderghem 22-28, 22-28 Oudergemselaan, B-1040 Brussels) from 10th December 2018, 1 pm until 11th December 2018.

The organizers are able to cover travel and accommodation costs of chosen speakers up to a maximum of 300 Euro.

More information is available here.

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