Events and Announcements: 11 October 2020

Events and Announcements: 11 October 2020

Sponsored Announcement

The 2020 BIICL Annual WTO Conference: 22-23 October 2020

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is delighted to announce its prestigious WTO Conference. Established in 2000, the WTO Conference is one of the most important annual events in international trade law, addressing topical academic and practical issues.

This is a pivotal moment for trade affairs and a critical time to take stock and reflect on the future of global economic governance and connectivity. The conference will bring together leading academics and practitioners to explore emerging ideas and the most recent developments, at a critical time for international trade law. This year, amidst a global pandemic, the conference will take place virtually over two half days: 

22 October 12.00-17.00 and 23 October 09.00-13.00 (BST)

BIICL will host 6 virtual panels around the world to cover strategically important geographical areas where major developments, discussions and decisions impacting international trade are taking place.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG QC, former British Advocate General at the European Court of Justice.


  • Panel 1 (London): The UK as a global economic actor after Brexit: (re)writing the avenues for trade
  • Panel 2 (Geneva): The WTO legacy and the future of multilateralism
  • Panel 3 (Washington): Global governance at a crossroads: From Breton Woods to a new economic multilateralism?
  • Panel 4 (Hong-Kong & Singapore): Trade dispute resolution: Current situation and dispute avoidance
  • Panel 5 (Shanghai & Beijing): Digital technology and trade
  • Panel 6 (Riyadh): G20 Summit: Solutions for the most pressing challenges in the 21st century

The conference will feature a wide breadth of speakers from international organisations, academia, and legal practitioners. Click here to view the full programme.

Thank you to Mayer Brown and Van Bael and Bellis for their support of this year’s conference.

Find out more and register online here.

Additional Announcements:

Call for Papers

The Hong Kong Journal of Law and Public Affairs is inviting scholars to contribute commentaries on the topic of “Contemporary UN Peacekeeping Challenges: COVID-19 and Beyond” planned for Volume 4 (2021) on the following topics:

  • The COVID-19 Pandemic and UN Peacekeeping
  • The International Legal Framework of UN Peacekeeping
  • Uneven Political Support and Escalating Geopolitical Rivalries
  • Changing patterns of Armed Conflicts and UN Peacekeeping
  • Systematic and Organised Attacks of Peacekeepers
  • Any other issues broadly related to the challenges faced by UN Peacekeeping

Submission instructions: Papers should be original and between 1,500 to 5,000 words (excluding abstract, footnotes, and references). Please follow the OSCOLA (4th edn) standard for the citation of legal authorities. Please email an abstract of your paper to hkjlpa[at]hku[dot]hk on or before 1 November 2020 and your paper on or before 10 February 2021. Enquiries should also be directed to the aforementioned email.

The full Call for Papers can be found on the HKU Government and Laws Committee website here.

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