Can Australia ban Huawei from its 5G network? Was the US 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. The seminar will discuss different avenues for reintegrating the disputes around national security and China’s economic practices into WTO law.

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Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Xin Ping call
a temporary truce to the China-USA trade war, 2018

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The Global Economic Law Network at Melbourne Law School is delighted to welcome Professors Jennifer Hillman and Nicolas Lamp to Australia to discuss their recent work on these questions. They will be co-teaching WTO Law and Dispute Settlement in the Melbourne Law Masters during an intensive period in August 2019. Please join us for what is sure to be an exciting and invigorating discussion.