UCL Faculty of Laws


Implications of Brexit for Trade relations between Canada & the United Kingdom: The Way Forward

06 December 2018, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

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Bentham House
UCL Laws
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Professor Armand de Mestral (McGill University)

About the Lecture

Citizens in the UK are currently fixated on relations with the EU, but, with Brexit on the horizon, many other countries are concerned. For example, Canada, which has always maintained close political, cultural and economic relations with the UK, will have to take steps to ensure the maintenance of these relations. Indeed there seems to be scant understanding of the trouble that will be caused to Canada and other friendly states in the event of Brexit. These countries will have to take measures both internationally and at the domestic level to ensure the continuance of preferential trade with the UK. Much depends on how the UK leaves the EU, but the way forward may not be so easy as some may think.

About the Speaker

Professor de Mestral, C.M., has taught constitutional law, law of the sea, public international law, international trade law, international arbitration, and the law of the European Community, and public international air law. His current research interest is the law of international economic integration. He has prepared books, articles and studies in English and French on international trade law and on Canadian comparative and constitutional law and international law. He has served on WTO and NAFTA dispute settlement and arbitration tribunals. He was made Member of the Order of Canada in December 2007. In December 2014, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). In September 2015, he organized a conference with CIGI titled "Investor State Arbitration Between Developed Democracies: A Policy under Challenge". In February 2018, he was appointed to Canada's Chapter 19 (Trade Remedies) NAFTA Rosterfor a ten-year mandate.

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