Past Event

Inclusive trade

Trade links: New rules for a new world

16 June 2022 15:00–16:00


In this seminar, James Bacchus explained how to bring the World Trade Organization (WTO) into the twenty-first century, exploring the ways it can be utilized to combat future pandemics and climate change and advance sustainable development, all while continuing to foster free trade.

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The book will be discussed by Emily Jones of the Blavatnik School of Government, in conversation with Amrita Saha. The seminar is fourth in the IDS seminar series on inclusive trade.

The World Trade Organisation is undergoing an existential crisis. Trade links the world not only through the flow of international commerce in goods, services, and ideas, but also through its economic, environmental, and social impacts. Trade links are supported by a WTO trading system founded on rules established in the twentieth century that do not account for all the modern changes in the global economy.


James Bacchus, founding member of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).


Professor Emily Jones, Blavatnik School of Government.


Amrita Saha, Research Fellow, IDS.

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