By Hansa Sinha
The two day International Conference on Trade Remedy Measures which was organized by the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) concluded yesterday in the capital. CWS is situated in the IIFT. It is responsible for a lot of research in all areas of interest pertaining to WTO. The good news is that they also provide internships to interested students on a rolling basis. Further, they organize interactive activities to encourage student/practitioner participation and practice in the field. A good example would be the second edition of a Joint Academy on International Trade and Policy in May-June 2015. I just realised the deadline to apply went by earlier in March. However, It wouldn’t hurt to call them up and see if they are willing to take further applications. The World Trade Institute of the University of Bern is partnering with CWS in this regard.
Anyhow, so I was telling you about this conference, which was one of the first of its kind. Various stakeholders were invited to attend the conference. This included the various practitioners, i.e. our beloved law firms, the team of Directorate General of Anti Dumping and Allied Duties, representatives of Export Promotion Councils and many others. Academicians also formed an important part as Mr. James J. Nedumpara from Jindal Global Law School was appointed as a rapporteur for the two day intellectual process.
Many international government representatives from the likes of China PR, Japan, Korea RP, Australia, United States of America etc made insightful presentations on varied topics that are the cause of concern at the WTO presently. Also presenting presentations we had the Designated Authority of DGAD, various officers. The list would be incomplete if I wouldn’t mention two well sought after practitioner/academicians who made their presentations. Mr. Johann Human, who is the Director Rules Division at WTO and also one of the authors of the most beloved book on Anti Dumping- A Handbook on Anti-Dumping Investigations by Judith Czako, Johann Human and Jorge Miranda. Mr. Edwin Vermulst was another well regarded for authority on Anti Dumping Law who made a lucid presentation of Global Value Chains and Anti Dumping a pressing issue for the world at WTO, although not so much for India. However, that is a debate for another day. You can read about all the topics and their presenters here.
It is definitely praiseworthy that India is organizing such initiatives of international standards. It will only help in better understanding and be a small step in finally concluding the multilateral talks at the WTO. Meanwhile, you know where to go to be inspired to practice trade law in India.
Thank you for reading! Access all the presentations made here.