[Event Information]
GSDM 67th Platform Seminar
International Symposium on“Global Trade Order after the TPP:Opportunities and Challenges for Japan”
14th Dec, 2015 13:00-17:00
(Large Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Sanjo Conference Hall, The University of Tokyo)



DATE : 14 December 2015 (Mon), 13:00-17:00
VENUE : Large Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Sanjo Conference Hall, The University of Tokyo
(7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 Japan)
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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)



 The negotiation of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) is at its final stage, and it is expected to be wrapped up by November 2015. What impact will the conclusion of the TPP negotiation have on the future of the global trade order?
 One possible scenario will be that it will stimulate the negotiation of the other mega-FTAs such as RCEP (East Asian Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), Japan-EU EPA and TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), their contents will converge via mutual reference by the negotiating parties, and a new set of trade/investment rules will be created, reflecting the needs of the 21st century global economy, where firms are increasingly globalizing their value chains.
 On the other hand, another possible scenario will be that the contents of the mega-FTAs will diverge from one another, pushing the global trade order in the direction of fragmentation of trade/investment rules.
 Which scenario is feasible? Or, is there any other scenario? In either case, what impact will it have on the future of the WTO as a multilateral forum for trade negotiation and trade rule-making? What can and should Japan do to make the first scenario happen, as it seems to be the best scenario for Japan and also for the world trade order?
  Several of the 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) Jo-Ann Crawford (Counsellor, RTA Section, Trade Policy Review Division, WTO)
2) Yuka FUKUNAGA (Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Waseda University)
3) Masayoshi HONMA (Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo)
4) Keiichi IWAMOTO (Director, Economic Partnership Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan)
5) Masahiro KAWAI (Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo)
6) Kazumochi KOMETANI (Counsel, Nishimura & Asahi; formerly served as Director, International Legal Affairs Division, Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan)
7) Meredith Kolsky LEWIS (Professor of Law, SUNY Buffalo Law School; Associate Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington Law School)
8) Chin Leng LIM (Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong; Chair, East Asian International Economic Law & Policy Program)



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: Post-TPP Trade Order in the Asia-Pacific: Prospects and
        Challenges for Japan
Panelists: Masayoshi Honma,Keiichi Iwamoto,Meredith Kolsky Lewis,
        Chin Leng Lim
Moderator: Junji Nakagawa
15:00 Coffee break
15:20 Session 2: Global Trade Order after the TPP: Challenges and Opportunities
        for Japan
Panelists: Masahiro Kawai,Kazumochi Kometani,Yuka Fukunaga,
        Jo-Ann Crawford
Moderator: Junji Nakagawa
16:45 Wrapping up and acknowledgments
Junji Nakagawa