Co-organised by the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (“CUHK Law”) and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of KU Leuven, under the auspices of the Jean Monnet Network “The European Union at the Crossroads of Global Order” (EUCROSS), the conference “The EU and its Partners in Global Governance: Trade, Investment, Taxation and Sustainable Development” took place on 14-15 June 2018 at the CUHK Graduate Law Centre. More than 35 local and international speakers discussed how the EU can seek new partnerships and revive old ones to implement critical objectives in these fields. The conference analysed the interrelationships of investment, trade, tax and sustainable development policies, and their role in global governance. It also identified the areas of convergence and divergence between the EU’s and its partners’ goals, highlighted the areas allowing for significant global governance opportunities, and drew conclusions on what can be learnt from the best practices.
The topics covered by the conference presentations ranged between the transformation of EU external economic governance, the role of Opinion 2/15 in shaping EU’s trade and investment policy, the efficacy of EU investment policy in promoting sustainable development, the suitability of the Multilateral Investment Court project in addressing investment arbitration drawbacks, the potential of mediation, a comparative analysis of EU trade defence cases, the nexus between carbon emission reduction incentives and the WTO, the connection between patents and global health governance, lessons learnt from the Troika and the Euro-crisis, India’s approach to taxation in its investment relationships, interactions between China’s tax incentives and WTO subsidy rules, and the role of the EU-Brazil relationship in biofuels global governance, among others. The discussants launched a lively debate at the end of each session.
Professor Julien Chaisse of CUHK Law (left) chairing the panel on “The European Union’s Trade and Investment Agreements: Policy Challenges, Legal Developments and Reforms”.
Dr Kolja Raube of KU Leuven concluding the conference and the findings of the rapporteurs.
Speakers from around the world discussed how the EU can seek new partnerships and revive old ones to implement critical objectives in these fields, among other related issues.