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26 Nov 2012


A Meeting of Multilateral Minds in South Africa

Thought leadership around South Africa’s future role in global international relations was the focus of the first annual International Economic Law Update, which took place on November 1, 2012 in Johannesburg.

The Mandela Institute – part of the Law School of the University of Witwatersrand – in cooperation with the University of Bern’s World Trade Institute and SECO, Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, invited 50 leading experts from academia, government and business met to share the latest updates on the South Africa’s key trade and investment topics.

Professor Thomas Cottier of the World Trade Institute shared his findings on the longer term evolution of the multilateral system and its current challenges. His presentation addressed the likelihood of continued preferential trade in terms of market access, but also that negotiations on standards and rules are likely to return to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in coming decades.

Please read the full article on the new project blog on the SECO / WTI Academic Collaboration.