Distinguished Speakers Program: Professor Helene Ruiz-Fabri

23 August 2012

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The sense and direction of multilateralism in international trade law

Multilateralism seems to deserve a reflection because it is nowadays - and has been for a while - called into question. This multilateralism, devised during the last third of the nineteenth century and having made amazing progress during the twentieth, not only knows heavy tensions but is questioned. Could it be outdated? The question might look audacious, if not excessive. Multilateralism is obviously not threatened to disappear and each day gives indeed evidence that it is very much alive. Nevertheless, it cannot escape questions that seem correlated to the debate on fragmentation, which has unfolded in international law over the course of the past two decades. The first question is about legitimacy and it will be explored more specifically by focusing on WTO.

About the speaker:

ProfessorHeleneRuiz Fabri is currently Dean of the Sorbonne Law School (University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne), Director of the Joint Institute of comparative law of Paris (UMR de droit comparé - Paris I/CNRS) and Director of the Master 2 in International Economic Law. She teaches and researches International Law, WTO Law, International Dispute Settlement, and has published extensively in these fields. She also has expertise as a legal consultant at the Council of Europe, at the French administration and at the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.

Time: Registration from 5.30pm for 6-7pm lecture, followed by cocktail reception.

Location: Common Room, level 4, Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: FREE, registration essential

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