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20 May 2020


Pandemic and the Global Economy: A virtual workshop series

National policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis have included cooperation replaced by competition, including export restrictions, efforts to re-localize global supply chains, and efforts to regulate the overseas production of MNEs. This workshop will examine issues and challenges raised by recent experience.

1. Session: 24 April 2020 (Friday), 16:30 European Standard Time

Topic: Medical goods trade - Export restrictions and national regulation of MNE production

Chair: Joseph Francois, Managing Director World Trade Institute

Panelists

Chad Bown (Peterson Institute)

Thomas Cottier (World Trade Institute, University of Bern)

Mona Pinchis-Paulsen (Stanford University)

Roy Santana (World Trade Organization)

 

2. Session: 1 May 2020 (Friday), 16:30 European Standard Time

Topic: IP Protection and Access to Medical Technology in Health Emergencies

Chair: Joseph Francois, Managing Director WTI

Panelists:

Frederick M. Abbott (Florida State University)

Thomas Cottier (World Trade Institute, University of Bern)

Arno Hold (AIPPI)

Ana Santos Rutschman (Saint Louis University)

 

3. Session: 8 May 2020 (Friday), 16:30 European Standard Time

Topic: Investment Treaties vs Public Health Policies

Chair: Joseph Francois, Managing Director World Trade Institute

Panelists:

Emily Blanchard (Dartmouth College)

Rahul Donde (Lėvy Kaufmann-Kohler)

Ana Novik (OECD, Investment Division)

Rodrigo Polanco (World Trade Institute, University of Bern)

 

4. Session: 15 May 2020 (Friday), 16:30 European Standard Time

Topic: COVID-19 and the Role of International Economic Organizations

Chair: Peter Van den Bossche, Director of Studies World Trade Institute

Panelists:

Manfred Elsig (World Trade Institute, University of Bern)

Martin Kaufman (International Monetary Fund)

Julia Nielson (OECD)

Roberta Piermartini (World Trade Organization)

 

5. Session: 22 May 2020 (Friday), 16:30 European Standard Time

Topic: Trade Policy in a Post-pandemic World

Chair: Joseph Francois, Managing Director World Trade Institute

Panelists:

Chad Bown (Peterson Institute for International Economics )

Meredith Crowley (University of Cambridge)

Bernard Hoekman (European University Institute)

Beata Javorcik (EBRD and University of Oxford)

 

6. Session (in combination with our "Know the Gap" Gender lecture series): 26 May 2020 (Tuesday), 17:00 European Standard Time

Topic: Gender Equality, Power and Participation during a Pandemic Crisis

Chairs: Prof. Elisa Fornalé (WTI, University of Bern) and Prof. Georgia Salanti (ISPM, University of Bern)

Panelists:

Zsuzsa Blaskó (European Commission)

Annalisa Rosselli (Università degli Studi di Roma)

Alessandra Minelli (Università degli Studi di Firenze)

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Future sessions:

29 May 2020: Subsidies and International Public Health Policy


Sessions will be announced in good time for registration.

The format is part roundtable, part general discussion. Participation requires registration. To register, please email communication@wti.org
(Virtual) space is limited!

Recordings of previous sessions can be found here.