Seminar: Richard Baldwin, “World trade governance and 21st century regionalism”

Past Event

31 May 2011, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

The WTO has made little progress since Bill Clinton was President. Meanwhile international commerce changed radically, creating a need for new disciplines and lower tariffs on parts and components. Doha delays prevented the WTO from responding, so unilateralism accomplished the tariff-cutting while 21st century regionalism created the new disciplines. The WTO’s central-place in global trade governance was massively eroded.

This talk considers the difficulties of reconciling deep regionalism with WTO-centric trade governance.

Richard Edward Baldwin is Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva since 1991, Policy Director of CEPR since 2006, Editor-in-Chief of Vox since founding it in June 2007, and an elected Member of the Council of the European Economic Association.