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Jan Tumlir Lecture – Does the Trading System Have a Future?

September 17 2008
Venue: Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Boulevard Charlemagne 11-19, Brussels, Belgium
Speakers: Martin Wolf, the Chief Economics Commentator and Associate Editor of Financial TimesnPatrick Messerlin, Sciences Po in Paris, and Chairman of ECIPE’s Steering Committee.
Time: 15:00

Martin Wolf from the Financial Times will discuss the future of the world trading system in ECIPE's first annual Jan Tumlir Lecture.

Where is
globalization heading? What happened to the idea of global free trade? The
multilateral trading system is in crisis. The Doha Round of trade negotiations has
been a disappointment. Bilateral and regional trade agreements have grown more
popular, but they reintroduce discrimination through the back door and seldom substantially
liberalize trade. Both in the developed and in the developing world,
protectionism is on the rise, and support for globalization waning. What impact
do these developments have on the world trading system? Does the trading system
have a future?

We are very
honoured to have Martin Wolf as the first lecturer in this first ECIPE Jan
Tumlir Lecture. Martin Wolf, the Chief Economics Commentator and Associate
Editor of Financial Times, is a leading thinker and commentator on matters
concerning the world economy. He is author of Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004). Martin Wolf’s speech will be followed by comments from Professor
Patrick Messerlin, from Sciences Po in Paris,
and Chairman of ECIPE’s Steering Committee.

This lecture is
a first in a series dedicated to Jan Tumlir. Tumlir was the GATT’s first head
of research and acted as its in-house philosopher. He was among the pioneering
political and economic thinkers linking a domestic liberal order based on
democratic constitutionalism and the rule of law with the existence of an open
non-discriminatory international economic order. His ideas are very influential
in international economic policy circles and have shaped reforms in countries
ranging from Chile to New Zealand.
ECIPE dedicates its influential series of policy essays to Jan Tumlir.

You are
cordially invited to attend this lecture and the drinks reception that

Limited space available.

17.00     Welcoming Remarks, Fredrik Erixon Director, ECIPE

17.15     “Does the Trading System Have A Future?”, Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator,
Financial Time

and Discussion
, Patrick
Messerlin, Professor, GEM Sciences Po, and Chairman of ECIPE’s Steering

18.15     Open discussion

19.00     Cocktail Reception