Thursday 18 November 2021, 09:30 to 16:30

After successful in-person editions and a digital one last year, the 3E Research Centre from the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) is looking forward to welcoming you to this year's hybrid edition on 18 November.

The EU’s Trade Defence Policy is constantly developing. The conference will present and review the most important novelties of the year 2021.

The key-note speech of the former EU Trade Commissioner and Brussels School of Governance President Karel De Gucht will focus on trade defence in the area of services. Throughout the day, experienced Commission officials, members of the Brussels bar and representatives of academia and companies will then look at determinations of the Commission and its practice relating to third-country cases. Moreover, relevant jurisprudence from the European Court and WTO bodies will be presented by high-level speakers. Every session will be followed by an inter-active questions and answers round involving the audience in the room and on-line.

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Please note that an admission fee applies, more information can be found on the registration link.


9.00 - 09.30    Welcome Coffee Break

9.30 - 10.00    Keynote speech on TDI in services by Karel de Gucht, President of the Brussels School of Governance

10.00 - 11.00  Commission TDI Practice 2020 with:

  • Laurens Elsen, COM Trade
  • Edwin Vermulst, VVGB Law Firm
  • Willem de Munck, NCTM Law Firm
  • Moderated by Harri Kalimo, BSoG

11.00 - 11.15   Q&A 

11.15 - 11.30   Coffee Break

11.30 - 12.30   EU Court Cases with:

  • Advocate-General Anthony Collins, Luxemburg
  • Renato Antonini, Steptoe Law Firm
  • Marie-Sophie Dibling, King and Spalding Law Firm
  • Moderated by Frank Hoffmeister, BSoG

12.30 - 12.45   Q&A   

12.45 - 14.00   Lunch Break

14.00 - 14.45   Third country cases with:

  • Eva Maria Sanchez, COM Trade
  • Manasi Venkatesh, ReedSmith Law Firm (Washington)
  • Clément Bouvarel, GIDE Law Firm
  • Moderated by Harri Kalimo, BSoG

14.45 - 15.00    Q&A

15.00 - 15.15   Coffee Break

15.15 - 16.00    WTO cases with:

  • Gustavo Luengo, COM LS
  • Joost Pauwelyn, IUHEI Geneva
  • Moderated by Frank Hoffmeister (BSoG)

16.00 - 16.15    Q&A

16.15 - 16.30    Conclusion


The conference program is drawn up with the kind help of well-known specialised practitioners of the Brussels bar, namely Edwin Vermulst, Bernard O’Connor, Olivier Prost, Yves Mélin and Renato Antonini.