[Event Information]
GSDM 26th Platform Seminar
International Symposium on “Mega-FTAs and Global Trade Governance” 
8th Dec, 2014 13:00~17:00
(Ito Hall, B2, Ito International Research Center,University of Tokyo)



DATE : 8 December 2014 (Mon), 13:00-17:00
VENUE : to Hall, B2, Ito International Research Center,
University of Tokyo,
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo 113-0033 JapanMAP
LANGUAGE : English
ADMISSION : Pre-registration is required. Please register from here.
HOSTED BY : Global Leaders Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM), University of Tokyo
ASSENTED BY : Institute for International Studies and Training (IIST)

2 Background and issues to be discussed
The governance structure of global trade is drastically changing. The Doha Development Agenda of the WTO has no sign of successful conclusion after more than 12 years since its start. On the other hand, major trading countries in the world are accelerating the negotiation of mega-FTAs including the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), RCEP (East Asian Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), and TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). Why has the WTO become dysfunctional? What are major trading countries aiming at through the negotiation of mega-FTAs? What will be the future of global trade governance? World’s leading scholars of international trade law and policy will discuss these pressing issues of global trade governance with Japanese scholars and government officials at the symposium.


1) Yuka FUKUNAGA (Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Waseda University)
2) Masayoshi HONMA (Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo)
3) Masahiro KAWAI (Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo)
4) Kazumochi KOMETANI, International Legal Affairs Division, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan
5) Arata KUNO (Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Kyorin University)
6) Meredith Kolsky LEWIS (Associate Professor, School of Law, Victoria University of Wellington/ Associate Professor, School of Law, State University of New York Buffalo Law School)
7) Chin Leng LIM (Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong)
8) Takashi MANABE,Head of the Department of Southeast Asia Economic Partnership Agreement Negotiation, Economic Partnership Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan


13:00 Welcome
Hideaki Shiroyama (Program Coordinator, GSDM/Dean Graduate School of Public Policy,University of Tokyo)
13:10 Introduction to the symposium and the panelists
Junji Nakagawa (Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo)
13:20 Session 1: The Age of Mega-FTAs?: Changes and Challenges in Global Trade Governance
Panelists:  Masayoshi Honma Download; Arata Kuno Download; Meredith Kolsky Lewis; Chin Leng Lim; Takashi MANABE
Moderator:Junji Nakagawa
15:00 Coffee break
15:20 Session 2: Revitalizing the WTO: Challenges and Opportunities for Japan
Panelists: Yuka Fukunaga Download; Kazumochi Kometani; Masahiro KAWAIDownload
Moderator: Junji Nakagawa
16:45 Wrapping up and acknowledgments
Junji Nakagawa

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