Formulating policies and negotiating trade and investment agreements in the modern economic environment is highly complex. Implications of the New Normal trade negotiations are that policy formulation and negotiation need to focus on issues such as digital trade restrictions, standards, and emerging behind-the-border regulations and that modern trade agreements must address the nexus between merchandise, services, investment as well as sustainability considerations, such as emissions and labour standards. Hence, the task of negotiating modern trade agreements requires broadening one’s knowledge, providing new research evidence, as well as gaining knowledge of specialized analytical and data management tools that can reduce the time-consuming process of analysis and impact assessment. This follow up workshop is a second in series, following a national workshop conducted in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 10-13 October, 2022 (https://www.unescap.org/events/2022/national-workshop-trade-agreement-negotiations), designed to help trade officials in Mongolia to better understand these issues, so that they can more effectively deal with them during trade negotiations.
About the course conveyor
Henry Gao is Professor of Law at Singapore Management University and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). His research areas include WTO, International Trade Law, Chinese Law and Law and Economics. He worked at the WTO Secretariat supporting negotiations among members in Geneva, as well as at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where he served as the Deputy Director of the East Asian International Economic Law and Policy (EAIEL) Program. As the Academic Coordinator of the first Asia-Pacific Regional Trade Policy Course officially sponsored by the WTO, he played an instrumental role in setting up the WTO’s flagship training program for the region when it was launched 20 years ago. He is a member of Advisory Board of WTO Chairs Programme and an Advsior to the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative by the UNESCAP. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Economic Law and Journal of Financial Regulation, both published by Oxford University Press.