Rupture or Reorder?




The Jacques Delors Institute is a partner of the Global Trade Series organised by AIG, with the participation of Chatham House, Georgetown Law Institute of International Economic Law, Clingendael Institute, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the National University of Singapore and the International Chamber of Commerce.

Three conferences organised in 2020 in Washington, Paris and Singapore, will explore how the United States, Europe and Asia cope with this intense period of uncertainty, which generates a global trade system that is fragmenting and integrating at the same time. With US elections approaching, a new European Commission in office, and Asia grappling with geopolitical tensions, this is an important moment to bring together policymakers, business representatives and trade experts to reflect on what comes next for global trade and how a constructive agenda can be moved forward.

The Washington conference will notably welcome a keynote speech from Phil Hogan, Commissioner for trade.

Programme here

Paris and Singapore conferences have been postponed to the fall 2020. Contact : Elvire Fabry, Senior Research Fellow,

Rupture or Reorder?

Where next for US trade policy, Europe and the Americas?


8:15    Registration & Coffee/Tea

8:40    Welcome: Darren Trigonoplos, Vice President & Head of Federal Government Affairs, AIG; Marie Kasperek, Chief Operating Officer, Director, Institute of International Economic Law

8:45    Opening Remarks: Rodrigo Yañez, Undersecretary of International Economic Relations, Chile

9:05    G2 Keynote Address: Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission

Q&A Moderator:
 Chris Brummer, Faculty Director, Institute of International Economic Law; Agnes N. Williams, Research Professor; Professor of Law, Georgetown Law

9:55    Session 1: Boiling over or cooling down: transatlantic trade ties in an election year

How can a downward spiral in transatlantic trade ties be avoided and positive momentum be found? Is Europe taking a more muscular approach to trade, and what does it mean? Are the US and Europe moving in separate directions on international trade?

Moderator: Rem Korteweg, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
Marjorie Chorlins, Senior Vice President for European Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Duncan Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, British American Business
Daniel Mullaney, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East, Office of the United States Trade Representative
Rupert Schlegelmilch, Director, Neighbouring countries, USA and Canada, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission

10:50    Coffee/Tea break

11:00    Session 2: Trade and Politics: Is there a pathway to consensus on trade?

What is the role of trade in the US election campaigns? What can be learned from overwhelming Congressional support for USMCA?  What to expect from the next four years?

Moderator: Ana Swanson, Journalist, New York Times

Beth Baltzan, Fellow, Open Markets Institute; former Democratic Counsel to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee
Chris Barnes, Cofounder, Center for Survey Research and Analysis, University of Connecticut; Managing Director, Financial Services Research Division, Escalent
Andreas Esche, Director, Programme Megatrends, Bertelsmann Foundation
Jennifer Hillman, Professor of Practice, Georgetown Law

12:00    Session 3: Talking about the neighbourhood: what is the future for trade in the Americas?

What are the trade priorities of Canada, Brazil and other states in the Americas? What do they expect from the United States? And is trade helping or hurting equality and economic convergence in the region?

Moderator: Marianne Schneider-Petsinger, Research Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House

Earl Anthony Wayne, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico; Advisory Board Co-Chair, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Braz Baracuhy, Minister-Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization
Nadia Bourély, Minister-Counsellor (Economic and Trade Policy), Embassy of Canada to the United States
Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council

13:00    Lunch

13:30    Session 4: The G2 Debrief: Has Trade “Changed”? A Look at New and Revised Treaty Provisions

“Trade Treaty Innovations under Trump”

What substantive treaty provisions have changed in the last four years, looking across all of the trade deals struck to date in the last four years (from USMCA, bilaterals with Korea, Japan and China, to demise of WTO AB as “WTO reform” etc.)?  How meaningful are changes substantively and economically—and do they comprise new innovations in the practice of international trade law?

Moderator: Joost Pauwelyn, Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law

Kathleen Claussen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law; Senior Fellow, Georgetown  Law’s Institute of International Economic Law
Jennifer Hillman, Professor from Practice, Georgetown Law
Simon Lester, Associate Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Clete Willems, Partner, Akin Gump; former Special Assistant to the President for International Trade, Investment, and Development, The White House

14:30    Ends