Book Launch: North-South FTAs - trade, policy and Europe

4 October 2017, 2.00 PM - 4 October 2017, 5.30 PM

Room 3.32 Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

Join us to celebrate the publication of Dr Clair Gammage's 2017 book, North-South Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes.
The event programme will explore the policy implications of trade agreements in the context of Brexit, and includes two panels - one examining the dynamics of North-South trade agreements, the second considering the planning for and effects of Brexit, followed by a drinks reception. 
In her new book Dr Clair Gammage examines the manifestation of European Union (EU) policy regarding regionalism in relation to African, Caribbean and Pacific States. In particular, she identifies the importance of going beyond a 'laundry list of obligations' towards a 'wider trade and development relationship'. This workshop examines her findings in the light of the Policy Coherence Development initiative promoted by the European Commission in 2017, alongside the current negotiations regarding British Exit of the EU (Brexit). A recent report on ‘Human Rights and Business’ from the UK Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights indicates that it would expect the types of human rights clauses in EU bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) to be replicated - and even improved - in UK external relations relating to trade and it is timely to consider how this can be achieved.
We are delighted to announce the following panel of speakers: Clair Gammage (Bristol), Maria Garcia (Bath), Emily Jones (Oxford), Tonia Novitz (Bristol), Phil Syrpis (University of Bristol and Parliamentary Academic Fellow) and Gabriel Siles-Brugge (Warwick). There will be contributions also from local, national and global NGOs and Commission staff representatives.



2 - 2.15pm - WELCOME

2. 15 - 3pm FIRST PANEL - EU POLICY ON NORTH-SOUTH AGREEMENTS (Chair – Prof. Phil Syrpis)

  • Clair Gammage (Bristol) - The dynamics of North-South trade agreements and 'integration through law'

  • Maria Garcia (Bath) - EU-South America trade agreements at the intersection between competitiveness and developmental goals

  • Tonia Novitz (Bristol) - 'Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade' - preliminary findings of our 'SMART' research

Comment from panel participants

3.15 - 4.15pm SECOND PANEL - PROSPECTS POST-BREXIT (Chair – Prof. Tonia Novitz)

  • Emily Jones (Oxford) - making UK trade work for development post-Brexit

  • Sophie Hardefeldt (Trade Justice Movement) – TJM’s trade and democracy work

  • Gabriel Siles-Brügge (Warwick) - the politics of future trade talks - the importance of parliamentary scrutiny of trade agreements

Comment from Clair Gammage

4.30pm - 5.30pm DRINKS and BOOK LAUNCH

Contact information

 This event is free of charge. To book a place please register through eventbrite.

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