GSDM 67th Platform Seminar: International Symposium on "Global Trade Order after the TPP: Opportunities and Challenges for Japan"

November 6, 2015


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / International students / Alumni / Companies / University students
Date(s) December 14, 2015 13:00 — December 15, 2015 17:00
Location Hongo Area Campus
Venue Large Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Sanjo Conference Hall
(No.2: Sanjo Conference Hall)
Capacity 100 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required
Contact Global Leader Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM) office

The negotiation of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is at its final stage, and it is expected to be wrapped up by November 2015. What impact will the conclusion of the TPP negotiation have on the future of the global trade order?

One possible scenario will be that it will stimulate the negotiation of the other mega-FTAs such as RCEP (East Asian Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), Japan-EU EPA and TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), their contents will converge via mutual reference by the negotiating parties, and a new set of trade/investment rules will be created, reflecting the needs of the 21st century global economy, where firms are increasingly globalizing their value chains.

On the other hand, another possible scenario will be that the contents of the mega-FTAs will diverge from one another, pushing the global trade order in the direction of fragmentation of trade/investment rules.

Which scenario is feasible? Or, is there any other scenario? In either case, what impact will it have on the future of the WTO as a multilateral forum for trade negotiation and trade rule-making? What can and should Japan do to make the first scenario happen, as it seems to be the best scenario for Japan and also for the world trade order?

Several of the world's leading scholars of international trade law and policy will discuss these pressing issues of global trade governance with Japanese scholars and government officials at the symposium.

Please refer to the URL below for more details.

Language: English

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