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Jean Monnet Network Research Workshop: Global Economic Relations in the Trump Era and After

January 31, 2020 at 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Location:Second floor conference rooms 2220-2224-2228, Atrium Richcraft Hall

As part of the Faculty of Public Affairs Research Series, the Jean Monnet Network on EU-Canada Relations is pleased to host a one-day international research conference, Global Economic Relations in the Trump Era and After: Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and Canada.

Photo source Wikimedia Commons. World leaders at the G20 Summit 29th June 2019

These are challenging times for the world economy. The so-called liberal international economic order, which was developed in the aftermath of World War II, has become seriously compromised as a result of nationalist economic policies pursued by China, India and the United States under the presidency of Donald Trump. In contrast, the European Union (EU) and Canada continue to support and actively work to maintain an open, rules-based global economic regime.

This international research conference brings together eminent scholars from the fields of political science, economics and law to assess and discuss these trade and investment policy developments. Conference participants will also examine their impact on the global economy’s future as well as identify potential policy options that the EU and Canada, in cooperation with like-minded partners, should pursue in order to prevent global economic closure.

Logo of CN-Tellier Chair University of Ottawa

This is workshop is organised by Dirk De Bièvre (University of Antwerp), Patrick Leblond (University of Ottawa), and Crina Viju-Miljusevic (Carleton University). Funding for this conference is generously provided by the Jean Monnet Network on EU-Canada RelationsCarleton UniversityFaculty of Public Affairs Research Series and the CN-Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy at the University of Ottawa. The Jean Monnet Network is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and Carleton University.

Draft program (updated as of January 27, 2020):

8:30AM Registration check-in and welcome coffee

8:50AM Welcome and Introduction

Andrè Plourde, Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs,Carleton University

9:00 – 10:30AM Panel 1: Impacts of nationalist economic policies on the global economy

Panel Chair: Crina Viju-Miljusevic, Carleton University

  • Simon Evenett, University of St. Galen
  • Patrick Leblond, University of Ottawa
    What will Brexit likely mean for Canada’s economic relations with the EU and the UK?
  • Marie-France Paquet, Global Affairs Canada
    Trade Tensions between Giants: Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
  • Lars Nilsson, European Commission
    Trade disputes, uncertainty and economic impact: A European Union perspective.

10:30 – 11:00AM Networking and refreshments

11:00AM – 12:30PM Panel 2: Impacts of nationalist economic policies on global economic governance

Panel Chair: Dirk De Bièvre, University of Antwerp

  • Judit Fabian, University of Ottawa
    Can Global Economic Governance accommodate Assertive Nationalism?
  • Dane Rowlands, Carleton University
    Nationalism, Trump, and the global governance of international finance.
  • Inu Manak, Georgetown University and Cato Institute
    Judge, jury, and trade prosecutor: How the Trump Administration is undermining international trade courts.

12:30 – 1:30PM Luncheon (Atrium)

1:30 – 3:15PM Panel 3: Impacts and policy responses in the EU, Canada and like-minded partners

Panel Chair: Patrick Leblond, University of Ottawa

  • Dirk De Bièvre, University of Antwerp
    Who constrains whom? Politicization, EU decision-making and EU bargaining power.
  • Robert Csehi, Technical University of Munich
    Populism as a corrective to the international liberal order? How Trump’s ‘America First’ policy changed NAFTA.
  • Tatjana Muravska, University of Latvia
    A New Era: Can the EU Meet the Challenges Ahead?
  • Hery Maholisoa Ramiarison, University of Ottawa
    Implications of the US-China trade war in East Asia: Focus on the reactions from Japanese companies and policymakers.
  • Crina Viju-Miljusevic, Carleton University
    Canada’s trade policy in a new era: Challenges and Opportunities.

3:15 – 3:30PM Break

3:30 – 4:30PM Panel 4: Policy and governance solutions to nationalist economic policies

Panel Chair: Judit Fabian, University of Ottawa

  • Zenobia Chan, Princeton University
    Behind the Screen: Explaining Variation in Member State Support for an Investment Screening Mechanism in the European Union
  • Dan Ciuriak, Centre for International Governance Innovation
    Its 2020 – do we know what we’re fighting over?
  • Nicolas Lamp, Queen’s University
    When Narratives Overlap: What the NAFTA Renegotiations Can Teach Us About Trade Policy in an Era of Globalization Backlash

Registration is requested for this policy workshop, please register here at the Jean Monnet Network website event page link here.