Project Info

What is EUTIP?

The objective of the EU Trade and Investment Policy ITN (EUTIP) is to foster interdisciplinary research into the evolving international trade policy of the European Union (EU) with a view to create a significantly increased European knowledge base and research capacity on EU law and policy of the regulation of international trade through free trade agreements (FTAs) with third countries, thus helping Europe to safeguard the benefits of international trade (wealth, jobs, etc.) while addressing the challenges of its regulation (competence, democracy, accountability, environmental- and labour standards, etc.). It is argued that the EU trade and investment policy pursued through FTAs will lead to the evolution of an entirely new legal sub-discipline closely related to and originating in EU law and international trade law. This new field of law will be wide-ranging, including aspects already addressed in existing FTAs and fields of trade and competition law currently regulated in the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), the relevant decision-making mechanisms, the relationship between the relevant legal systems, and dispute settlement. Moreover, the ITN investigates Transatlantic agreements as precedents and possible templates for third generation trade agreements of the EU with other parts of the world. The network is an interdisciplinary, intersectoral collaboration pooling world-leading researchers and practitioners from all relevant disciplines of law – EU constitutional, internal market, and external relations law, international trade law, and international law, as well as political science, international relations, business studies, and economics. EUTIP fully integrates non-academic Beneficiaries (Ben) and Partner Organisations (PO), including think tanks, lobbyists, regulatory bodies, law firms, US academic institutions, and an international organisation. Furthermore, the network will support and enhance the process of converting research results into policy papers through partnership with high-impact policy research units at the forefront of European policy research and policy making. The work package consists of 3 substantive work packages on (1)  governance, (2)  regulation, and (3) multilateralism and regionalism. 15 PhD research projects will be supervised by academics of the 11 Beneficiaries with an interdisciplinary training programme covering the legal, political and economic foundations of EU trade and investment policy and an interdisciplinary and intersectoral programme of secondments involving 18 Partner Organisations.

The network is an interdisciplinary collaboration pooling world-leading researchers in this field among others from relevant disciplines of law – EU constitutional, internal market, and external relations law, international trade law, and international law (University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, University of Passau, Erasmus University Rotterdam, City University London, University of Turin, University of Speyer), political science and international relations (University of Nottingham, Egmont – Royal Belgian Institute of International Relations, Erasmus University Rotterdam) and economics (University of Birmingham, IFO, ETH Zurich, CIREM Paris). Moreover, the ITN is an intersectoral network including think tanks (RAND, CEPS, ASSER, Egmont, IFO, CIREM, Bruegel), lobbyist (Business Europe), regulatory bodies (CEN/CENELEC), law firms (Wilmer Hale, Baker MacKenzie, Nauta Dutilh), academic institutions (George Washington University, AICGS, Universidad Externado de Colombia, National University of Singapore, Ghent University, LMU, University Paris 1-Sorbonne), and other bodies (ICC Italy, ITC/ILO, Energy Community in Vienna, SOMO) both as Beneficiaries and Partner Organisations, and other institutions, including institutions of the US federal government and the World Bank Group, linked less formally through Participants’ existing networks.

Furthermore, the network will support and enhance the process of converting research results into policy papers through partnership with ASSER, CEPS, RAND, IFO, and CIREM, high-impact policy research units at the forefront of European policy research and policy making and economic research and policy making respectively.

[1] http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/about-ttip/ [accessed 15 December 2014].

[2] Elaine Fahey and Deidre Curtin (eds.) A Transatlantic Community of Law: Legal Perspectives on the Relationship between the EU and US Legal Orders (CUP, 2014).