- February 10: Professor Peter Van den Bossche
Professor Peter Van den Bossche
The World Trade Organization's dispute settlement system is one of the world's most active international dispute resolution regimes, providing a framework for resolving disputes between the organisation's 159 members about compliance with WTO rules. The Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (known as the 'Dispute Settlement Understanding' or 'DSU') is the WTO agreement establishing the dispute settlement system. Notwithstanding the success of the WTO dispute settlement system, WTO Members have been negotiating on clarifications to the DSU and improvements to the system ever since 1998. In recent years, the WTO Appellate Body, the system's highest instance, has been accused by some of judicial activism allegedly undermining the integrity of the WTO dispute settlement system and of the WTO as a whole.
- February 20: Antony Taubman (WTO)
What can legitimately be expected in trade-related intellectual property disputes?
Antony Taubman (WTO)
- March 27: Dr Andrew Lang (LSE)
Governing 'as if'
Dr Andrew Lang (LSE)
Convenor: Associate Professor Margaret Young
As a result of the extraordinary work of Foucault, Hacking, Porter, Scott, Bowker and Star, and many others, we are familiar with many of the practices of governance which emerged at the intersection of the modern social sciences and the modern managerial state, as 'naturalised' knowledge of the social body formed the foundation of specific kinds of social order. But if the 19th century could justifiably be counted as the century of natural science, critiques of objectivity became so commonplace over the course of the 20th century that scientific disciplines now 'live under constant suspicion', routinely suspected of 'providing knowledge that aggravates our condition rather than improves it' (Sloterdijk). How, then, have practices of governance-through-knowledge modified themselves in response to a century of critiques of objectivity? This paper draws on some work in the sociology of knowledge, including the work of Jasanoff, Riles, Vaihinger and others, to identify a mode of 'governing as if': a pragmatic mode of governance which works not through the production of naturalised and objective knowledge, but rather by generating knowledge claims that foreground their own partiality, contingency and even fictionality as the basis of their legitimacy. It describes the distinctive knowledge practices characteristic of this mode of governance, and shows how the 'legalisation' of knowledge production is central to it. The paper further argues that the standard toolkit of critical responses to positivist social science, cannot furnish us with an adequate responses to governance 'as if', neither positively nor normatively. The analysis is developed through a study of certain practices of the knowledge production in international economic law, having to do with the construction of market benchmarks in regulatory practice.
- April 17: Jedrzej Gorski (PhD Candidate, CUHK)
The Proposal on Tightening the Common External Trade Policy of the RU with Regard to Uncovered Procurement: A Populist Move or Well-Thought-Out Measure?
Jedrzej Gorski (PhD Candidate, CUHK)
- May 23: Professor Douglas Arner (University of Hong Kong)
Shadow Banking: Challenges and Approaches
Professor Douglas Arner (University of Hong Kong)
Shadow banking - credit intermediation outside the traditional banking system - has arisen as a major global issue in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis. This presentation will consider the global context of and international regulatory responses to shadow banking and their implications for finance. At the same time, in East Asia, shadow banking typically takes different forms and raises different issues, requiring different responses. The presentation will thus also consider possible regional approaches in addition to those at the global level.
- May 29: Professor Duncan Matthews (Queen Mary University of London)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Implications for Access to Medicines in Comparative Perspective
Professor Duncan Matthews (Queen Mary University of London)
- June 4: Professor Bryan Mercurio (CUHK)
Re-Evaulating Intellectual Property Rights in the World Trade Organization
Professor Bryan Mercurio (CUHK)
- June 24: Dr Jeffrey Kitingan & Mr Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy
Malaysia at the Crossroads: the Way Forward
Dr Jeffrey Kitingan & Mr Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy