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International trade and WTO

Wageningen Academy Date: November 15, 2013 Course leaders: Rien Huige, LL.M. and Prof. Gerrit Meester

Introduction The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the majority of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. Through the agreements (for instance Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS), Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and dispute settlements) WTO members operate a nondiscriminatory trading system that spells out their rights and obligations. Each country receives guarantees that its exports will be treated fairly and consistently in other countries’ markets. But how does the WTO work in practice? What are the agreements and rules? And how do the dispute settlements work? These questions and more will be discussed and explained in detail during the Masterclass.

Objectives The objectives of the Masterclass are to provide you with a broad and up-to-date overview of the key issues in the WTO agreements, with specific attention to agriculture and food related topics. The SPS and TBT agreements will be discussed and current issues will be tackled. How do you for instance ensure that your country’s consumers are being supplied with food that is safe to eat? The SPS agreement sets out the basic rules in the WTO on how governments can apply food safety measures. The Masterclass will furthermore give insight in the bilateral trade agreements. What do they contain? Next to that, the dispute settlements, regarded as the central pillar of the multilateral trading system, will be discussed. The last subject of the day concerns the trade policies. How do they work in practice?

During the Masterclass there will be various opportunities for interaction with other participants and the lecturers. This offers the possibility to meet people from different backgrounds and to expand professional and private networks.

Target audience The Masterclass is designed for anyone who needs a thorough understanding of the complexity of the international trading system and its significance for the agro-food complex. More specifically the Masterclass aims at government officials, specialised professionals in business and non-governmental organisations, researchers at universities or institutes and teachers. A basic understanding of the international trading system and the Common Agricultural Policy are expected when attending this course.

Masterclass International trade and WTO Course leaders and lecturers


Rien Huige, LL.M.

Location: Hotel Hof van Wageningen

Rien Huige is head of the Unit Food and Agriculture at the Netherlands Standardisation Institute (NEN) and general manager at MicroVal Secretariat. As

Welcome and registration

former counsellor (agriculture) at the Permanent

Introduction WTO

Representation of the Netherlands at the UN and

Rien Huige

other international organisations in Geneva, he gained experience and knowledge about the WTO. From 2007-2009 he worked as chairman of the WTO SPSCommittee. He also worked as trade policy and

Dispute Settlements Pieter Jan Kuijper The SPS Agreement and TBT Agreement

regulatory affairs manager at the Foreign Trade Association.

Christianne Wolff

Prof. Gerrit Meester


Gerrit Meester was staff member at the Department of Economics of the Faculty of Law at the Erasmus

Bilateral Trade Agreements

University and researcher at the Agricultural

Cornelis Keijzer

Economics Research Institute (LEI). Until his retirement in 2009 he worked at the former Ministry

Trade policies in practice

of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in The

Paul van Geldorp

Hague as deputy director International Affairs. He Questions and discussion

also was spokesman for the Netherlands on the EU's Special Committee for Agriculture, as head of

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the Strategic Policies Division within the Minister's Office and as agricultural policy adviser. He was also professor in Agricultural Economics at the University


of Amsterdam and chairman at the OECD in Paris.

Pieter Gooren

Christiane Wolff MSc, counsellor at the Agriculture and Commodities Division World Trade Organization

Evaluation and closure of the Masterclass

Cornelis Keijzer, LL.M., European Commission Prof. Pieter Jan Kuijper, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam Paul van Geldorp Ph.D., retired Head of Unit and Honorary Director European Commission Pieter Gooren LL.M., agricultural counsellor at the Permanent Representation in Geneva price: â‚Ź 750.max. participants: 25 date: November 15, 2013 register before: November 1, 2013

For more information and registration, please contact Wageningen Academy Liesbeth Vallinga @LVallinga

Wageningen Academy | International trade and WTO

PO Box 226 6700 AE Wageningen T +31 (0)317 48 15 04 E I

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