On 8 and 9 December, the European Law Academy (ERA) will hold its Annual Conference on EU Trade Law 2016 in Brussels. The Law Society members benefit from a special rate and should register using the registration form available on this page (please note that the early bird rate applies until 18 November).

The topic of this year’s conference is ‘The modernisation of EU trade law: first assessment and practical implications’. It will focus, among others on the reform of EU TDIs and China’s market economy status and on the current challenges for EU FTAs (in particular CETA and TTIP but also implications of Brexit).

The event aims to provide legal practitioners with an update on key recent trade law developments. Participants will have the possibility to attend the whole conference or only the session of their choice. For further information, please click here.

The main topics of the event include:

  • Modernisation of the trade defence instruments (TDIs) and related topics (Commission’s proposal and its implications, China’s market economy status and the EU-China relations);
  • Brexit and trade (clarification on Brexit procedure, possible options and impact assessment);
  • Lessons learnt from CETA: main features, novelties, provisional application and legal status of its joint interpretative instrument, added-value of an investment court system compared to ISDS and its compatibility with EU law, safeguards for States’ regulatory autonomy, shared or exclusive EU competence in FTAs and impact on the negotiation and ratification process;
  • Progress of the negotiations on TTIP and future options following the US elections;
  • Recent relevant EU legislative and case law developments

Speakers include:

  • Renato Antonini, Partner, Jones Day, Brussels
  • Colin Brown, Deputy Head of Unit, Dispute Settlement and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy, DG Trade, European Commission, Brussels
  • Philippe De Baere, Co-Managing Partner, Van Bael & Bellis, Brussels
  • Hiddo Houben, Head of Unit, USA and Canada, DG Trade, European Commission, Brussels
  • Martin Howe QC, Barrister, 8 New Square, Chair, Lawyers for Britain, London
  • Kate Kalutkiewicz, Director for European Affairs, US Trade Representative, Brussels
  • Yves Melin, Partner, McGuireWoods, Brussels
  • Anders Neergard, Head of Unit, Unit for External Relations, Legal Service, European Parliament, Brussels
  • Stuart Newman, Senior Legal Advisor, Foreign Trade Association, Brussels
  • Nora Plaisier, Senior Consultant, ECORYS, Rotterdam
  • Leopoldo Rubinacci, Director, Directorate H Trade Defence, DG Trade, European Commission, Brussels
  • Karl Tachelet, Director for Trade and External Relations at EUROFER, the European Steel Association, Brussels
  • Isabelle Van Damme, Référendaire, Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg
  • Paulette Vander Schueren, Partner, Mayer Brown Europe, Brussels