Trade, National Security and the US-China Conflict: Can World Trade Law Provide a Solution?

Free Public Lecture

Trade, National Security and the US-China Conflict: Can World Trade Law Provide a Solution?

Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School

Parkville campus

185 Pelham Street

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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.

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