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Webinar: Restructuring Global Trade Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Matrix of Challenges and Opportunities

October 7 @ 2:00 pm

Webinar Details:

Host: The Conference Board of Canada

Date:  Wednesday, October 7
Time:  2 p.m.
Cost: Free

What changes, both evolutionary and revolutionary, are occurring in the global economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic? How are the global economic relationships developed in the post-Second World War Era being restructured or disrupted?

In this one-hour and 30 minute-webinar, Raj Bhala, Brenneisen Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law, will analyse these changes at the three levels of International Trade Law and Policy:

  1. Multilateral
  2. Regional
  3. Bilateral

At each level, the analysis will isolate changes caused principally by COVID-19, those it indirectly caused, and the ones unrelated to it, including a discussion on the implications for Canadian businesses.

Webinar Highlights

  • The game is changing. Now and for the foreseeable future, efficiency has given way to national security (including self-judged threats such as a pandemic) as the principal driver of International Trade Law and Policy.
  • COVID-19 is a catalyst for some of the changes, but most of them are caused by forces indirectly related to the pandemic, or unrelated to it—forces that pre-date and will outlast the pandemic.
  • The revolutions are occurring at each of the three levels at which International Trade Law and Policy is negotiated, drafted, textualized, and applied: Multilateral, Regional, and Bilateral.
  • To manage those threats, trade rules and practices are being deployed to manage trade itself, including import substitution measures to reorganize production to create more secure supply chains.
  • While the present global environment is a challenging one for a modestly-sized open economy like Canada’s, Canada is well positioned for the long-term to take advantage of trade and investment linkages through its extraordinary network of FTAs.

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