The Political Economy and Legal Aspects of Trade Policy in the Trump Era

Conference/Symposium | March 12 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Warren Room 295

 UC Berkeley School of Law, The Berkeley APEC Study Center, The Institute of East Asian Studies, Miller Center for Global Challenges and the Law, The Clausen Center for International Business and Policy

9:00am to 4:00pm
Warren Room (295 Simon Hall, Berkeley Law)

MCLE will be available at the event

Reservation is required as lunch will be provided:

With the Brexit referendum, election of Donald Trump, and the continued stasis at the World Trade Organization (WTO), the liberal, rules-based trading order is facing considerable pressure for business and policymakers. These pressures come from structural economic forces, systemic changes in geopolitics, domestic political conflicts in the US and elsewhere, and a rethinking of the ideological consensus around the benefits of free trade.

Since January 2017, we have witnessed a series events suggesting that the world trading system is functioning much less effectively than once thought. Developments include the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a freeze on negotiations for the US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), difficult renegotiations on NAFTA, complex Brexit negotiations, unfilled vacancies on the WTO Appellate Body, and difficult prospects for the WTO’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference.

This conference will focus on the political economy, business, and legal aspects of trade policy in the Trump era. Our goals are three-fold: 1) to examine the evolving structural economic and political forces driving recent trade policy developments; 2) to understand the legal, economic, and political bases for the shift in US trade policy priorities, and 3) to discuss likely responses from US trading partners and the overall consequences for business and the global economic order.


- Vinod Aggarwal
UC Berkeley Political Science

- Seung Wha Chang
Seoul National University; former WTO Appellate Body member

- Mark Cohen
UC Berkeley Law; former Senior Counsel, US Patent and Trademark Office

- Stavros Gadinis
UC Berkeley Law

- Thomas Graham
WTO Appellate Body member; former Deputy General Counsel, USTR

- Jennifer Harris
Brookings Institution, former policy planning staff official, U.S. Dept. of State

- Katerina Linos
UC Berkeley Law

- Paul Pierson
UC Berkeley Political Science

- Andrew Rose
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

- Richard Samans
World Economic Forum; former Special Assistant to the President for Int’l Economic Policy & Senior Director, National Security Council

- Jeffrey Schott
Peterson Institute for International Economics; former official, U.S. Treasury Department

- Terence Stewart
Stewart and Stewart; Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws

- Akihiko "Aki" Tamura
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); former Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy and Rules and Regulation, Ministry of Trade, Economy, and Industry (Japan)

- Lori Wallach
Global Trade Watch, Public Citizen (tentative)

- Mark Wu
Harvard Law; former Director for Intellectual Property, USTR

- Guohua Yang
Tsinghua University; former Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Commerce official (China), 510-642-9919