International SUMMER SCHOOL
Law and Bilateral Trade: North America - Europe
Organised in the framework of cooperation established between the Università degli Studi di Milano and the Université de Montréal
For information on the 2017 edition
please contact Lucia Bellucci
[28 March 2017] - Registration is now open!
[18 October 2016] - The Université de Montréal and the Università degli Studi di Milano have been awarded the prestigious Premio Venezia by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada (award recipients: our 4 co-directors) for the Summer School in Law and Bilateral Trade: North America-Europe.
The Summer School in “Law and Bilateral Trade: North America-Europe” aims to address opportunities and critical issues emerging in bilateral trade law and policies between North America and Europe.
The Summer School curriculum will emphasize the impact of recently approved or negotiated agreements on business and citizens. We will address both trade and business issues and related non-trade concerns, including environment, health, and culture. We will also uncover the resulting modes of conflict resolution mechanisms.
The School provides high-quality training in an intensive mode. Our programme targets students enrolled in law, political science, economics, and international studies. We also offer lawyers, concerned citizens, and professionals in business and administration a unique opportunity for development.
The School brings together policymakers, lawyers, and leading academics. Thanks to the generous participation of our partners and the cooperation of our Faculty members, we offer a roster of internationally-recognized experts.
Through interaction with distinguished international experts in an interdisciplinary setting, participants will gain new perspectives on trade issues and global affairs. The School provides the chance to learn about and discuss the most recent developments in bilateral trade law and policy. It offers an opportunity to network with interested professionals in a stimulating and informal environment within the heart of Milan, Italy’s capital of business, finance, and trade, and one of its most vibrant cultural scenes.
The preference for commercial bilateralism over multilateralism is a global trend that is also particularly significant in shaping North America-Europe trade relations. This partnership between a European and a Canadian university has proven to be a useful tool in unveiling challenges and in sharing perspectives with regard to these relations, which are currently being redefined by new regulatory frameworks. On 15 February 2017, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, concluding at the EU level the ratification process of this agreement, which covers virtually all sectors of Canada-EU trade. Moreover, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is currently under negotiation by the US and the EU.
The Summer School aims to unveil the regulatory frameworks created by these free trade agreements. The general strategy behind bilateral free trade agreements is to increase opportunities both of access to international markets and for trade and investment. Each agreement, however, has its own peculiarities, which are rarely disclosed and explained in detail to the general public.
In a time of uncertainty, the School aims to shed light on issues that will have an impact both on global affairs and people’s lives. We will therefore analyse bilateral trade relations between North America and Europe in the context of geopolitical changes concerning Brexit, the future of transatlantic relations, and the consolidation of a multipolar world order in which China plays a major role.
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