Reforming the World Trade Organization

Research event Recording
14 September 2020 — 3:00PM TO 4:00PM

Chatham House, in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, convenes a group of experts to discuss our latest research paper Reforming the World Trade Organization - Prospects for Transatlantic Cooperation and the Global Trade System.

Following a short presentation of the key findings, the paper’s author and other speakers discuss some of the most pressing issues affecting the global trading system and the future of the WTO. The discussion is followed by an interactive Q&A.

With trade tensions increasingly politicized and COVID-19 creating huge economic challenges, a modernized and fully functioning WTO is more essential than ever. But how fit for purpose is the multilateral trading system? What is needed to find a permanent solution to the ongoing paralysis of the WTO Appellate Body? How can the trade rules be updated to reflect technological change and address concerns about China’s trade policies?

Where does COVID-19, new leadership at the helm of the WTO, and the upcoming presidential elections in the US leave the broader prospects for reform? WTO modernization will be impossible without transatlantic cooperation, but in what areas are the US and Europe aligned, and where are the major differences?


Marianne Schneider Petsinger, Senior Research Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House; Author of forthcoming research paper on WTO Reform
Professor Marc L Bush, Karl F Langegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy, Professor of Government, Professor of Business Adminsitration, Georgetown University
Chair: Dr Thomas Duesterberg, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

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