What do we need a World Trade Organization for?

The WTO is the bedrock of the global trading system. Yet it is increasingly in need of reform. In this web-meeting, we will discuss with Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chad Down and Elvire Fabry how to take the WTO forward.


The World Trade Organization is an organization in crisis. The institution that is meant to be the bedrock of rules based trade struggled to remain the place where rules are negotiated and the demise of the Appellate Body has undermined its ability to enforce rules. The CoVid19 epidemic and the recent resignation of its Director General have further aggravated the crisis. But they also provide a chance to renovate, rebuild and reinvigorate an institution that is perhaps now more needed than ever.

We are delighted to invite you a web-meeting entitled “What do we need a World Trade Organization for?” with

Ignacio Garcia Bercero
University of Oxford

and as discussants
Chad Bown
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Elvire Fabry
Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, Paris

The webinar will take place on Friday, 12th June 2020, 15:00-16:30 (CET) and will be moderated by Christian Bluth (Bertelsmann Stiftung). The webinar will begin with a presentation of Garcia Bercero’s latest paper on WTO reform, a discussion by Chad Bown and Elvire Fabry and a general Q&A. The webinar will be on the record.

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