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Roderick Abbott is a member of ECIPE’s Steering Committee and Advisory Board and a Senior Adviser on trade policy at ECIPE, covering issues which go from GATT and WTO to European trade policy. Although officially retired since 2005, he remains fascinated with the trade world. He is also a part-time consultant with KREAB, a Swedish economic consultancy in Brussels.
After 10 years doing trade work with the British Government, he spent 30 years in DG Trade at the European Commission. During its time at the Commission, he was working as a central member of the European negotiating teams during two GATT negotiation rounds: the Tokyo Round (1975-79) and the Uruguay Round (1987-93).
In the early years of WTO, he was the EU Ambassador in Geneva and he was later a close collaborator with Pascal Lamy, the Trade Commissioner. After leaving the Commission, he was for three years a Deputy Director General at the WTO in Geneva. He has written about how the Doha Round might have been negotiated differently, and about dispute settlement in the WTO – with a focus on the participation of developing countries in years 1995 to 2005.
The Trade Consequences of Brexit: How I See the Situation
The trade consequences of Brexit are just one element of the overall withdrawal exercise to be triggered by a notification under Article 50 TEU. Withdrawal covers policy areas such as EU jurisdiction through the ECJ; broad areas of regulation, mainly for Single Marker purposes; citizen’s rights (EU and UK) and immigration questions - among...
ECIPE Occasional Papers
Demystifying Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
Investor-State Dispute Settlement, a legal provision in Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) or other International Investment Agreements that gives investors a right to call for arbitration with a state, has recently become the centre of controversy in a debate over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Critics argue that such a provision is either illegitimate, unnecessary, and/or does not have any positive influence on flows of Foreign...
ECIPE Policy Briefs
Nowhere To Go? Surveillance, Privacy Rules and Trade Talks
This policy brief outlines the chronology of the developments since Edward Snowden leaked the documents on large-scale electronic surveillance, including PRISM and Tempora programmes, the policy implications and the public’s response. It concludes that the nature of the debate has shifted from a legal and constitutional issue about US surveillance, to a global concern. The revelations have led to divergent attitudes towards surveillance operations, with Britain...
Trade and Development at the Crossroads?
This paper seeks to look at EU Trade and Development policies which seem to be at a crucial moment - crucial in the sense of the point at which the two policies meet and cross each other. The two ought to go in tandem, hand in hand; but in reality there are increasingly obstacles at the crossroads. The paper starts with a short historical overview of the basic philosophy, and then examines recent developments and where this may...
Britain Looks Into the Trade Abyss
Roderick Abbott comments on the Brexit process in Foreign Policy...
Brexit is not good news for the UK economy
Roderick Abbott gives his opinion on Brexit, with a well deserved dose of...
Brexit and Services Trade
Erik van der Marel, Philipp Lamprecht and Roderick Abbott comment in Euractiv on Brexit and services...
UK imports and exports will suffer from Brexit isolation
Rodrick Abbott, Erik van der Marel and Philipp Lamprecht comment on Brexit in...
Meet the man who negotiated trade for both the UK and the EU
Roderick Abbott talks to Deutsche Welle Business about the art of trade negotiations, negotiating for the EU and for the U.K. and...
Economic sanctions against Russia: do we face a trade war?
Roderick Abbott on the EU sanctions against Russia in Europe's...
A Close Look at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Roderick Abbott writes about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in the Friends of Europe's blog...
The Doha Round: Where we go from here
Roderick Abbott comments on Doha Round in Europe's...
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Speech or Presentation
Australia -EU FTA: Is it a Solution?
Presentation for a conference organised by the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University, November 27-28,...