Trade, National Security and the US-China Conflict: Can World Trade Law Provide a Solution?
Free Public Lecture
Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
Can Australia ban Huawei from its 5G network? Was the United States justified in levying steel and aluminium tariffs on nearly all its trading partners? And do the Trump administration’s complaints about China’s economic system have merit, or are they just an attempt to contain China’s rise? In recent years, international trade has become intermingled with national security concerns and the geopolitical competition between different economic systems. These developments have put the multilateral trade regime embodied in the World Trade Organization (WTO) under unprecedented strain, as countries are increasingly willing to take action outside the framework of WTO law. This seminar will discuss different avenues for reintegrating the disputes around national security and China’s economic practices into WTO law.
Professor Nicholas Lamp, Professor
Professor Nicholas Lamp
Nicolas Lamp joined the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University as an Assistant Professor in 2014. Lamp previously worked as a Dispute Settlement Lawyer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization, where he advised the Members of the Appellate Body on legal issues arising in appellate proceedings under the WTO's dispute settlement mechanism. Lamp received his PhD in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2013. His doctoral thesis on "Lawmaking in the Multilateral Trading System" investigates the origins and implications of the discourses, practices and techniques that shape international lawmaking in the trade context. His 2011 article "Conceptions of War and Paradigms of Compliance: The 'New War' Challenge to International Humanitarian Law" was awarded the American Society of International Law's 2012 Francis Lieber Prize for outstanding scholarship in the field of the law of armed conflict. In 2016, Assistant Professor Lamp was awarded the Stanley M. Corbett Award for Teaching Excellence by the Law Students’ Society.
Professor Jennifer Hillman, Professor
Professor Jennifer Hillman
Council on Foreign Affairs
Jennifer A. Hillman is a professor of practice at the Georgetown Law Center, teaching the lead courses in international business and international trade, while serving as a fellow of Georgetown’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL). Hillman has had a distinguished career in public service, both nationally and internationally. She recently completed her term as one of seven members from around the world serving on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body. Prior to that, she served for nine years as a commissioner at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), rendering decisions in more than six hundred investigations regarding injury to U.S. industries caused by imports that were dumped or subsidized, along with making numerous decisions in cases involving alleged patent or trademark infringement. Before her appointment to the USITC, Hillman served as general counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), where she had previously been an ambassador and chief textiles negotiator. She also served as legislative director and counsel to U.S. Senator Terry Sanford of North Carolina. Hillman formerly served as a partner in the law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent, a senior transatlantic fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, as president of the Trade Policy Forum and on the selection panel for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of visitors at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and Duke University.