IBL Symposium: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism: The Future of Economic Integration

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About the Symposium 
Not long ago, globalization seemed to have a veneer of inexorable progress. Despite long-simmering controversies and moments of backlash, economic integration and its institutionalization was on the rise – in trade in goods, services, data, finance, and investment alike. By the early 2000s, multilateral organizations, ever-proliferating regional institutions, bilateral arrangements, and informal networks were struggling to keep the pace and mark their space in a globalized economy. But the picture looks very different today. After the financial crisis of 2008, and, more recently, the nationalist waves cresting in Europe and the U.S. since 2016, the future of economic integration is subject to considerable doubt. This conference will consider the shape of integration to come, focusing on the varying strategies and instruments by which States might pursue (or resist) global economic integration – at the multilateral, regional, bilateral, and even national levels – and what political and distributional effects these choices may entail.

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Julian Arato, Brooklyn Law School
Eyal Benvenisti, University of Cambridge
Sungjoon Cho, Chicago-Kent School of Law
Kathleen Claussen, University of Miami School of Law
James Thuo Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Robert Howse, NYU School of Law
Joanna Langille, NYU School of Law
Simon Lester, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Paul Mertenskötter, Institute for International Law and Justice, NYU School of Law
Thomas Streinz, Institute for International Law and Justice, NYU School of Law
Joel P. Trachtman, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Joseph H.H. Weiler, NYU School of Law

Sponsored by the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law