Engaging the Global Economy: International Law, Trade & Investment

This session in the American Society of International Law’s series on “International Law and the 2020 Presidential Election: What is at Stake” will address the difficult questions regarding trade and investment policy awaiting the next administration. At a minimum, a Trump or Biden Administration will need to decide what role trade and investment will play within its broader foreign and domestic policy. The next administration will also need to decide how to balance trade relations with protections for innovation, labor, the environment, and human rights. In a shifting geopolitical environment, the next administration will also need to conceptualize the national security implications of its trade policy, as well as the future of the WTO as an international forum for global trade questions and the ongoing impasse over its Appellate Body. Fundamental questions exist about the U.S. engagement with foreign investment, including the role that the USMCA might play as a template for future trade and investment agreements as well as the ongoing efforts to reform the investor-state dispute settlement system.

  • Alvaro Santos (moderator), Georgetown University Law Center
  • Kelly Ann Shaw, Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Katherine Tai, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives

(Speaker affiliations were current at the time of airing.)