Borderlex Academy

Borderlex Academy:

Level 1 – Get your head round European trade policy

 4-6 November 2019

Press Club – 95 rue Froissart – Brussels

Early Bird rates available until 30 September 2019

View latest programme here: BORDERLEX ACADEMY PROGRAMME

Trade policy dominates the headlines in Brussels and around the world. Increasingly, trade policy is viewed as critical both in its own right and for its influence on labour, equality, migration, environment and climate change mitigation.

This practical three day crash course helps you get your head around the issues, the challenges and how to engage with the trade policy machinery in Brussels and beyond to advance your agenda.

Throughout the course, trade policy practitioners and insiders will share their insights into the ins and outs of trade diplomacy, trade legislation, free trade agreements, trade defence, developing country relations, and EU lobbying. This hands-on, jargon-free training will leave you with the awareness and tools you need to capably tackle the trade policy environment in Europe.

Who should attend

Management-level professionals in European institutions & the European Parliament, trade or foreign affairs ministries, embassies, businesses, business associations.

Why attend

Insights from veteran trade negotiators, access to a network of movers and shakers in Brussels, independent input from experts and a variety of trade policy players in institutions, business, civil society; intellectually rigorous training that is also relentlessly practical and jargon free.

People teaching or speaking at the Borderlex academy include:

Nick Ashton-Hart, Geneva Representative, Digital Trade Network

Iana Dreyer, Founder & Editor, Borderlex

Dmitry Grozoubinski, Founder,

Giovanni Gruni, Research Fellow, ESADE Law School

David Henig, Director, European Centre for International Political Economy

Stephanie Ghislain, Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Leader, Eurogroup for Animals

Rory Macrae, Senior Policy Adviser, GPlus

Bryan Mercurio, Professor, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Denis Redonnet, Director WTO Affairs, DG Trade, European Commission

Famke Schaap, International Trade Consultant

Vitor Teixeira, Policy Officer EU Integrity, Transparency International EU

Catharine Titi, Research Associate Professor, CNRS-CERSA

Arnoud Willems, Partner, Sidley Austin

Register your interest:


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


The global trading system

· Basic principles and rules of the global trading system: the WTO ‘galaxy’

· Trade agreements: What goes on inside negotiating rooms

· Global challenges: China, Trump, Appellate Body , nationalism

The EU and reform of the multilateral trading system 

Free Trade Agreements : a crash course

 · Goals, aims, structure, content of FTAs around the world

·  EU FTAs: Main structure and content ; their politics

Trade defence

·  What’s trade defence and how does the EU do it? How could recent legislation changes affect EU trade defence cases

·  The latest cases: steel safeguards, China steel, WTO/ECJ cases

·  EU as target of TDI measures

Whither EU developing country trade preferences

· GSP, GSP+, EBA… How it works, state of affairs

·  After Cambodia and Myanmar EBA withdrawal process what next?

·  EU ACP trade relations

Investment protection treaties – whither the EU’s reform plans

China’s trade policy and the EU

·  China’s role in and vision of the WTO

·  China’s bilateral trade and investment agreement strategy

·  China-US and the wider West: What’s at stake

·  Negotiating  with China

Harnessing EU-US trade relations

·  The origins of the current transatlantic trade crisis

·  Structural disagreements, points of interest convergence

·  Negotiating with the US

·  Prospects for transatlantic trade relations next 5 years

Getting heard in the EU trade policy machinery

·  The EU’s typical lobbying channels, interest groups in trade policy

·  The governance of lobby transparency in the EU: strengths, weaknesses, work in progress

· Case study: How to get heard – and stay ethical             

Trade lobbying in the European Parliament

Green and social: the sustainability dimension of EU trade policy

·  Climate and environmental clauses in EU trade and investment agreements – an overview

·  How is the EU doing in comparison with other major trading powers

·  Cooperation vs unilateral EU measures

·  Enforcement issues