Public Lecture: A Never Ending Story? : The Ratification of CETA in Europe
The Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue is pleased to be hosting professor Marc Bungenberg to deliver a public lecture. Registration is required and a light lunch will be served starting from 11:30 am, with the lecture beginning at 12 pm.
Abstract: Until recently, the topic of negotiation of Free Trade Agreements sometimes was a matter of debate but never has the issue of ratification of Free Trade Agreements created any major problems in the EU. This obviously has changed; now, not only is there a strong civil society debate and extreme criticism of CETA as well as of the TTIP negotiations, but also Member State Parliaments have become partly opposed to new Free Trade Agreements. In fact, until present day only the legislative bodies of the Member States were a part of the ratification debate, but now, domestic courts in the member states are becoming increasingly involved in these issues and try to shape the national and European policies on the subject through their observations and decisions. This presentation will discuss these new developments and try to explain the difficulties of multilevel governance within the EU.
Speaker Biography: Marc Bungenberg is Director of the Europa-Institut and a professor of public law, European law and public international law at Saarland University in Germany, permanent visiting professor at the University of Lausanne/Switzerland and member of the scientific advisory board to the International Investment Law Centre in Cologne. He is a member of several associations, including the International Law Association, German Association for International Law and the German Society of International Law. Marc received his doctorate in law from the University of Hannover and wrote his habilitation treatise at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, where he received his venia legendi for Public Law, European Law, Public International Law, and International Economic Law. His main fields of research are European (Common Commercial Policy, public procurement and state aid law) and international economic law, particularly international investment and WTO law.