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CTIL- RGNUL Conference on Dispute Settlement In International Trade Agreements: Prospective Pathways| 10th-11th February 2022: Register Now!

by Ajshal
RGNUL Conference on Dispute Settlement In International Trade Agreements


The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law [RGNUL] is a National Law University located in Patiala, Punjab, India. It was established in 2006 by the Punjab Government as a university dedicated to the field of Legal Education.

About CADR

The Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) at RGNUL, has been established to promote students’ and researchers’ interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution constituting dispute resolution methods like Arbitration, Negotiation, Mediation and Conciliation and it aims to promote and develop ADR as a vehicle of socio-economic and political justice. The ultimate objective of the Centre is to strengthen the ADR mechanism in the country by emerging as a platform for students to further their interests in the field. A strong team of teachers and students is working towards achieving this end.

About CTIL

The Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) was established in the year 2016 by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). The Centre’s primary objective is to provide sound and rigorous analysis of legal issues pertaining to international trade and investment law to the Government of India and other governmental agencies. The Centre is aiming to create a dedicated pool of legal experts who could provide technical inputs for enhancing India’s participation in international trade and investment negotiations and dispute settlement.

Format and Potential Themes

The event is staged to be graced by national and international virtuosos from highly renowned institutions. The Conference will consist of four sessions and two discussions with multiple special addresses from legal luminaries, held across two days, 10th and 11th February, from 8:15 am- 7:15 pm IST and 11:00 am- 7:15pm IST respectively. The organisers are also proud to announce that the conference shall witness the presence of the Hon’ble Minister of Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, as its Chief Guest.

Format and Potential Themes
The discussions will be on different themes and include different panellists from associating organisations listed below. 

10th February (8:15 am to 7:15 pm IST):

  • Dispute Settlement in North American Trade Agreements [Session I]
  • Dispute Settlement in Asia-Pacific Trade Agreements  [Session II]
  • IIFT Panel Discussion: Developing an Architecture for Dispute Settlement in Trade Agreements: Indian Perspective  [Discussion I]

11th February (11:00 am -7:15 pm)

  • Emerging Trends in ISDS in Investment Chapters of Trade Agreements  [Session III]
  • Dispute Settlement in the EU Trade Agreements  [Session IV]
  • Dispute Settlement in International Trade: Lessons Learnt from the Past [Discussion II]

The confirmed speakers for the discussions so far include:

 Day 1: 10th February 2022

Chief Guest: Shri Piyush Goyal (Hon’ble Union Minister of Commerce & Industry; Textiles, and; Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, Government of India)

  1. Mr. Simon Lester (Co-founder of WorldTradeLaw.net and China Trade Monitor, Washington, D.C., United States)
  2. Prof. David A. Gantz (Will Clayton Fellow for Trade and International Economics Center for the United States and Mexico/Baker Institute, Rice University; Samuel M. Fegtly Professor Emeritus, The University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law, United States)
  3. Prof. J. Anthony VanDuzer (Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law and Full Professor, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
  4. Prof. Gregory Shaffer (Chancellor’s Professor of Law, School of Law, University of California, Irvine, California, United States)
  5. Prof. Charles-Emmanuel Côté (Full Professor, Faculty of Law, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada)
  6. Prof. Heng Wang (Professor and Co-Director, UNSW Law & Justice’s Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, Sydney, Australia)
  7. Dr. Rajesh Sharma (Senior Lecturer, Legal and Dispute Studies, Criminology and Justice, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
  8. Prof. Michael Ewing-Chow (Associate Professor and WTO Chair, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  9. Prof. Sufian Jusoh (Director and Professor of International Trade and Investment at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
  10. Prof. Peter Van den Bossche(Director of Studies, World Trade Institute (WTI), Bern; Former Member and Chairman, Appellate Body, World Trade Organization (WTO),  Geneva, Switzerland)
  11. Prof. Manoj Pant (Vice-Chancellor of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade)
  12. Mr. Suhail Nathani (Managing Partner, Economic Laws Practice, Mumbai, India)
  13. Ms. Shailja Singh (Associate Professor, Centre for WTO Studies, IIFT, New Delhi).
  14. Mr. Tejas Karia (Partner and Head, Arbitration Practice, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, New Delhi, India)
  15. Shri Tapan Mazumder (Additional DGFT, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi, India)
  16. Prof. Raj Bhala (Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas, School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, United States; Senior Advisor, Dentons, Kansas City, Missouri, United States; On Point Columnist, Bloomberg Quint, Mumbai, India)
  17. Prof. James Nedumpara (Head and Professor, CTIL, New Delhi, India)
  18. Prof. GS Bajpai (Vice-Chancellor, RGNUL, Punjab, India)

Day 2 : 11th February 2022

  1. Prof. Leïla Choukroune (Professor of International Law and Director of the University of Portsmouth Thematic Area in Democratic Citizenship, United Kingdom)
  2. Prof. Prabhash Ranjan (Professor and Vice Dean (Continuing Education), Jindal Global Law School, Sonipa,India)
  3. Prof. Luke R. Nottage (Professor, University of Sydney, Australia; Special Counsel, Williams Trade Law, Sydney, Australia)
  4. Prof. N. Jansen Calamita (Research Associate Professor and Head, Investment Law and Policy, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  5. Prof. Markus Wagner (Associate Professor of Law and Director, UOW Transnational Law & Policy Centre (TLPC), School of Law, University of Wollongong, Australia)
  6. Prof. Giorgio Sacerdoti (Emeritus Professor of International Law and European Law, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy; Former Member and Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization)
  7. Ms. Nidhi Mani Tripathi (Joint Secretary, FT-Europe, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi, India)
  8. Prof. Marco Bronckers (Professor of WTO and EU law, Leiden University, Netherlands; Member of the Brussels Bar)
  9. Prof. Geraldo Vidigal (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Visiting Fellow, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland)
  10. Dr. Dylan Geraets (Associate, Public Policy, Regulatory & Political Law and International Trade practices, Mayer Brown, Brussels, Belgium)
  11. Mr. Folkert Graafsma (Partner, VVGB Advocaten, Brussels, Belgium)
  12. Prof. Abhijit Das (Head and Professor, Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India)
  13. Prof. Frank Altemöller (Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Customs and International Trade Law, University of Münster, Germany)
  14. Ms. Gitanjali Brandon (Indian Foreign Service, Deputy Secretary at the MEA; In-charge of the Dispute Settlement portfolio at India’s Mission to the WTO from 2018-2021)
  15. Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh (Chairman, IKDHVAJ Advisers LLP, New Delhi, India; Former Deputy Director General, WTO, Geneva, Switzerland)
  16. Prof. James Nedumpara (Head and Professor, CTIL, New Delhi, India, India)
  17. Prof. Kathleen Claussen (Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami, Florida, United States)
  18. Shri Amit Yadav (Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, New Delhi, India)
  19. Amb. Dennis Shea (Executive Director, J. Ronald Terwilliger Center for Housing Policy; Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Ambassador to the WTO)
  20. Amb. Ujal Singh Bhatia (Former Chairman of Appellate Body and Ambassador of India to the WTO; Honorary Professor at NLU Delhi, India)
  21. Prof. James Nedumpara (Head and Professor, CTIL, New Delhi, India)

A detailed delineation of the respective sessions, discussions, addresses, and panellists can be found in the brochure attached herewith. Prospective participants are requested to register from the interactive buttons on the brochure or the registration links found hereunder. 


For registration please follow the links

Day 1 Registration:CLICK HERE

Day 2 Registration:CLICK HERE

Contact Details

Ms. Apoorva Vishnoi (Research fellow, CTIL) – +918851214049

Ms. Amandeep Kaur Bajwa (Research fellow, CTIL) – +919872465391

Mr. Kushagra Gupta (Convenor, CADR) – +919818650745

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