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The Triple Threat for the World Trade Organization: Preferential Trade Agreements, Appellate Body Appointments and National Security

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is facing a serious institutional crisis. The Trump administration is threatening the multilateral trading system for which the WTO stands on at least three different fronts. First, by championing bilateralism as a new model for international trade governance. Second, by holding up judicial appointments thereby undermining the rule of law. Third, by using a national security rationale to raise tariffs on aluminum and steel although there is no evident national security crisis. The lecture will show how these three developments have the potential to undermine the very existence of the current international trading regime.

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Professor Markus Wagner teaches and writes in the areas of international law, constitutional law and comparative law. His recent scholarship has focused on the development of autonomous weaponry and its compatibility with international humanitarian law and various aspects of international economic law. The latter includes work on second and third generation barriers to trade (including measures to regulate toxicity and other public health measures) as well as comparisons between the global trade and investment regimes. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Journal of World Trade, the Harvard Journal of International Law, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, and the Fordham International Law Journal.

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Ching-Fu Lin, Assistant Professor of Law, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

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