"While its supporters see it as the way forward, many established economists and heads of financial institutions warn us of falling for an economic mirage" is the best way to encapsulate the jest of this new Research Note on a topic that most of us need to be better acquainted with. To better understand what's behind the Bitcoin craze and the implications for financial regulators, please read "Cryptocurrencies: New Rules for a New Technology?" by Kevin Kalomeni and Guillaume Beaumier.
"Political Affinity and Multilateral Aid : A Study Putting in Perspective the Political Affinity of World Bank Recipient Countries with the United States" by Dimitri Thériault is the English language version of a reserach Note published two months ago. To consult this excellent paper you can either click on the preceding hyperlink or consult our Publications page.
The March 27 conference by Prof. Zhang Xiaotong on China's role in the redesigning of the world's trade arrangements is now available.
CISITI is pleased to announce that it will host Professor Xiaotong Zhang, as guest lecturer, from March 17 until April 12, 2018. Among his many responsibilities are: Member of Advisory Committee for Economic and Trade Policy (Economic Diplomacy Subcommittee) of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce; Vice Dean of Wuhan University Institute of International Studies; Executive Director of Wuhan University Centre for Economic Diplomacy, Wuhan University - University of the West Indies Centre of Caribbean Studies; and Professor of the Department of International Relations, Wuhan University.
During his stay with us, he will make a number of public presentations. Stay tuned and consult our calendar of events for further details.
Yves Schemeil, friend of CISITI and HEI announces the the third part of his triptych on globalization entitled “The End of Globalization?” starting today. This is a two-week course, but videos and articles can be downloaded until the end of January 2018.
Our October 10 Conference is now Available on-line.
"Québec in the Global Economy – From the Quiet Revolution to the Digitasl Revolution", organized on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF), are now available. You can access bith the morning and lunchtime conferences by clicking here.
Former Premier Bernard Landry will head a highly-impressive list of speakers at our upcoming October colloquium entitled: Québec in the World Economy: from the Quiet Revolution to the Digital Revolution.
Once more, in 2016-2017 our researchers and scholars have been busy contributing to science, you can see their latest contributions here.
CISITI and HEI highlited the Honorary Degree in International Studies granted to Ken Abbott, from Arizona State University, with two activities during the recent Annual Convention of ISA (International Studies Association) in Baltimore. In collaboration with the International Law section of ISA (ILAW), they have organized, on February 23rd, a high-profile panel with several international experts, among which were Jean-Frédéric Morin and Louis Bélanger, both members of CISITI.
The next day, February 24, a "International Law Section (ILAW) Distinguished Scholar Luncheon Honoring Kenneth W. Abbott", with nearly twenty guests, was organized by CISITI, HEI and ILAW. This brought together several luminaries of our field who have, for the most part, collaborated with Ken Abbott in the past or have been influenced by his ground-breaking research.
Please note that our ground-breaking workshop on Darwin and Trade Agreements has been postponed to May 2017 and deadlines to submit memos have been modified accordingly. For more information on the Workshop and on the new deadlines, please click here.
Our CISITI colleagues, Richard Ouellet, Érick Duchesne and Yan Cimon have signed, along with several academics from Québec and Canada, an open letter on CETA, calling for a more dispassionate debate on this Accord and, in the process, debunking some of the myths which CETA opponents, on both sides of the Atlantic, have been using to marshal opposition to the deal.
The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in International Trade and Investment (CISITI) at the Institute for Advanced International Studies, Laval University, is organizing an exciting workshop on the application of an Evolutionary Approach to the Study of Trade Agreements. By calling upon scholars from different academic fields to work together and across their respective field, we are hoping to contribute to the articulation of a new interdisciplinary approach to the study of international trade by borrowing concepts from evolutionary biology to study trade negotiations and their outcome (trade agreements). Heretofore, these have been analyzed from an atomist point of view, be it in the political processes leading to them, their legal content or their economic impact. But they are actually part of an ecosystem that encompasses them and goes beyond them. This ecosystem, structured along networks, provides linkages between the actors and different institutions that evolve and are in constant interaction with one another. And from this breeding ground emerge innovation, learning, and selection processes, in other words, adaptation. By establishing a metaphoric link between the theory of natural evolution and the dynamics within the trading system, this workshop will enable the articulation of a new interdisciplinary approach to the study of international trade.
For more details, please consult the Call for memos.
Our colleague Chantal Blouin has just published a commentary on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its prospective impact on public health in the International Journal of Health Policy and Management. We invite you to read this brief commentary which brings to fore the necessity of evaluating the impact of commercial agreements on public health policy not only after the fact but before they are signed and implemented. The article can be read here or in PDF.
CIGI (The Centre for International Governance Innovation), in its Investor-State Arbitration Series, publishes Paper no. 7 by Prof. Charles-Emmanuel Côté, titled"An Experienced, Developed Democracy: Canada and Investor-State Arbitration". In this article, Prof. Côté, a member of CISITI, argues that Canada has had unmatched experience, among democratic countries, with ISA and, as a result, concludes that there are lessons to be learned both in terms of the control of ISA and the future development of ISA given the particular nature of the Canadian legal environment and the need to develop other arbitration mechanisms more suitable to the different nature of some of the cases brought forward and the need, also, to accept more political input into some of the disputes, including State-to-State arbitration (SSA) in order "for the system to keep its legitimacy and effectiveness". To read this article on line please click here (you can also access a PDF version).
A team of ten Ph.D. students in International Law, under the supervision of Professor Charles-Emmanuel Côté, has contributed, as part of UNCTAD's IIA Mapping Project, in the creation of a database that contains a detailed mapping of more than 1 400 international investment agreements (IIAs). This new database an important tool for policymakers and researchers wishing to analyse trends, over time and across nations, in the drafting of investment treaties. To consult the database, you can click here.
Laval University is one of 29 universities around the world, and the only one in Québec, that are collaborating with UNCTAD in its goal to map out more than 2 700 IIAs.
Last June 19, upon receiving his Honorary Degree in International Studies, Dr. Ken W. Abbott of Arizona State University made inspiring remarks to those in attendance, stressing the importance of perseverance and the need to avoid "narrow 'silos' of traditional academic disciplines" in our approach to find solutions to the world's governance problems, by "...mobiliz(ing) every discipline in the social sciences, and the natural sciences and humanities as well." To read the full remarks, please click here.
Professor Ken W. Abbott, Senior Sustainability Scholar (Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability), and Jack E Brown Professor of Law (Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law), at Arizona State University will receive an honorary Ph.D. in International Studies from Laval University during the upcoming June 19th commencement ceremonies. This degree is being awarded in recognition of Dr. Abbott's trail-blazing contribution to the study of international law and international relations.
His research and papers have been, for a long time already, an inspiration for many a member of CISITI and, because of his recent contribution to the emerging field of global governance in the field of the environment, continue to attract the attention of researchers around the world and stimulate interdisciplinary research projects by today's and tomorrow's scholars.
The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in International Trade and Investment (CISITI) congratulates Dr. Abbott on this award and thanks the School of Advanced International Studies (HEI) at Laval University for having made this excellent recommendation to Rector Brière!
CISITI is pleased to mention the recent publication of an article by Véronique Guèvremont, Professor at the Law Faculty of Laval University, entitled « L’exemption culturelle canadienne dans le Partenariat Transpacifique, ou la destinée d’une peau de chagrin ». This article, a major contribution to the nascent debate on the potential implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is available here in PDF or may be found on the website of the Revue québécoise de droit international .
The adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) marks an important step in the evolution of the relation between trade and culture in trade agreements concluded by Canada. The global cultural exemption, found in a dozen agreements negotiated between 1988 and 2015, is being abandoned in favour of a new fragmented approach. On the one hand, this approach exposes certain current cultural policies to a contestation risk. On the other hand, at a time where Quebec and Canada are searching for ways to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions in the digital era within the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization forum, the TPP operates in an opposite direction. Indeed, even if the reservations formulated by Canada protect part of its regulatory powers in the culture sector, this protection is considerably reduced in terms of revision of current policies or adoption of new measures adapted to the digital environment. The future of numerous cultural industries being precisely located within the digital universe, the "Canadian cultural exemption" of the TPP, if it indeed consists of such a thing, constitutes an erosion of the previous exemptions, destined to be reduced as this sector of the economy evolves and is transformed.
Professor Jean-Frédéric Morin, a member of CISITI's Steering Committee, was recently awarded a major grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The recipient project, which has also received financial support from CISITI, seeks to create a unique data base of nearly 7 000 international agreements in trade, the environment or foreign investment. Please click here for more details on this project.
The 2016 CISITI Scholarships have been announced. These are granted in order to encourage excellence in academia, interdisciplinarity and student involvement in international activities. This year, exceptionnally, three MA Scholarships have been offered. The receipients are: Corentin Bialais, Pierre-Luc Dubé and Samuel C. Fleury. Corentin Bialais and Pierre-Luc Dubé appear in the photo, with, at left, Patrice Dallaire Executive Director of CISITI and, on the right side, Louis Bélanger, Director of HEI (International Advanced Studies).
Samuel C. Fleury, currently completing a one-year study program in China, has sent his thanks along side the picture at left!
Congratulations to all three!
Our colleague and CISITI member, Yan Cimon, says, in an interview released this week by the weekly Le Fil, that the the TPP offers wide-ranging opportunities for Canadian and Québec firms and that all sectors of the economy stand to gain, albeit in different degrees, from the implementation of this Accord that defines more clearly what the rules of the game are. To read this article, please click here.
Please note that the keynote address made March 9, 2016, by former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, on the occasion of the conference titled "The Impact of the TPP on Québec's Firms and its Economy" is now available on our Webinars and Videos page or by clicking here.
Please note that the videos of our February 15 mini-colloquium on the future of Supply Management are now on-line. To view them, please click here.
Note: videos are in French only.
Our colleague and CISITI member, Carl Grenier, write an op-ed piece for this morning's edition of the Globe & Mail on the now expired Canada-US softwood agreement and the stakes around its extension three weeks ahead of the Prime Minister's visit to Washington. For a PDF version, please click here.
CISITI is pleased to announce that Chantal Blouin has agreed to join its Steering Committee. She replaces Yan Cimon who has just accepted additionnal responsibilites with CIRRELT. We take this opportunity to thank Yan for his always supportive rôle with CISITI and take comfort in his stated desire to remain an active member.
Chantal Blouin is Scientific Advisor for Agri-food and Health with Québec's National Health Institute (Institut national de santé publique de Québec) and Associate Researcher with the Institute for Advanced International Studies at Laval University (Hautes études internationales de l'Université Laval).
The November 3 Roundtable on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, organized in cooperation with the Société des relations internationales de Québec (SORIQ), is now available on video. You can watch the various segments by clicking here or by visiting the new Webinars and Videos section on our home page.
The Government of New Zealand has made public the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The transition to a new Government yesterday and the legal obligation to publish the text in both official languages may explain why there is a delay in Canada.
To consult the text please click here.
Lota D.Tamini and Mankan Koné have just released a Research Note discussing the relationship between foreign direct investment from OECD countries and regional trade agreements, measured against the level of economic and institutional development in recipient countries.
Several CISITI members have been called upon by the media to comment on the TPP.
Here are the links towards their comments.
Before the TPP was signed
For two interviews before the Accord was signed.
Before the Accord was signed
Your CISITI Representative in Asia : Samuel C. Fleury studying diplomacy in Beijing.
Currently enrolled in the HEI's M.A. program - majoring in International Trade and Investment -, and also M.A. Student Representative on CISITI's Board, Samuel C. Fleury will pursue his studies in International Affairs at China Foreign Affairs University, located in Beijing. Endowed with a full scholarship from the Chinese Government, he has taken up the challenge of completing a customized curriculum in International Law and Economic Policy with some courses being taught in English and others in Mandarin Chinese.
Your CISITI representative is taking advantage of this opportunity to make our Centre better known in China and, at the same time, developing his network of academic contacts in Asia.
Chantal Blouin, a member of CISITI and a Senior Researcher at Québec's Institut national de santé publique , has co-edited a book on trade and public health titled Trade and Health: Towards building a national strategy. This book is meant as a capacity-building tool for policy-makers dealing with issues related to trade and public health, especially as they pertain to trade in pharmaceutical products, IP protection, tourism, etc. For more details or to download this document please click here.
CISITI launches the new series of research notes called Notes de recherche. These brief commentaries will deal with and vulgarize topics of importance in the realm of international trade, foreign investment and capital flows. They will give an opportunity for young researchers to be published and for more experienced scholars to discuss issues such as "vulture" funds, relations between investors and States, the relationship between the level of transformation of certain products and exchange rates vis-à vis exports, or the relationship between regional trade agreements (RTAs) and investment flows from OECD countries, etc.
This first Note de recherche, which analyses the relationship between trade liberalization in environmental goods and attainment of environmental objectives by WTO and APEC member countries, is now available. Though dated April 2015, its release has been timed to coincide with the new academic year and Note Number 1 is titled La libéralisation des échanges des biens environnementaux peut-elle contribuer à l’atteinte des objectifs environnementaux de l’OMC et de l’APEC ? Une analyse par le biais des élasticités des coûts au commerce. Its authors, Lota D. Tamini et Zakaria Sorgho, are both members of CISITI. To read this note, you can click here.
A CISITI member studies the trade diversion effects of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs)
Zakaria Sorgho, PhD., Associate Member of CISITI has just published an article titled "RTAs' Proliferation and Trade-diversion Effects: Evidence of the ‘Spaghetti Bowl’ Phenomenon" in the most recent issue of The World Economy. To see this article, please click here.
Many CISITI scholars have been asked to comment current trade issues by electronic and print media lately.
See this article from Le Devoir on the TPP with quotations from our CISITI colleagues Érick Duchesne and Carl Grenier:
You can listen to or view two interviews by Richard Ouellet, on the TPP negotiations and the future of supply management, by clicking on the links below :
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/economie/ (in the middle of the screen by moving your cursor towards the bottom).
Finally, an article in La Presse where the Canada-USA softwood lumber agreement, which is due to expire this Fall, is discussed and our colleague Carl Grenier is quoted. This issue should come up in the current Federal election as sevral provinces are directly concerned:
Charles-Emmanuel Côté, Vice Dean and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law at Laval University has just published a biographical sketch of André Patry, the man behind the "Gérin-Lajoie Doctrine" (first enunciated 50 years ago this year). Little known outside of International Relations experts' circles, André Patry wrote the thesis according to which provincial jurisdictions extend to the international arena, which is at the heart of Québec's International action.
Of note, also, an article on arbitration titled « Towards Arbitration between Subnational Units and Foreign Investors? », in the April 13 issue of Columbia FDI Perspective, n° 145.
The organizers of the colloquium “WTO at 20: Critical Perspectives on an Evolving Legal System” have issued a call for student papers.
For more information, please click here and see pages 3 and 4.
Please note that travel and accommodation costs of selected students registered in a graduate program in a Canadian university will be borne by the CDIT.
CISITI supports this colloquium and several of its members are involved with the scientific committee or as speakers.
The Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in International Trade and Investment (CISITI) is pleased to announce the first issue of La Cyberlettre du CEPCI.
We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a book co-edited by Prof. Jean-Frédéric Morin, titled: The Politics of Transatlantic Trade Negotiations: TTIP in a Globalized World.
For more information or to order a copy please click here:
This book, coedited by Jean-Frédéric Morin, Tereza Novotná, Frederik Ponjaert and Mario Telò, all from Université libre de Bruxelles, has already received rave reviews:
This volume addresses a crucial issue of global and interregional trade governance by including an international team of leading scholars from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints. Collectively the authors identify the major stakes and provide a comprehensive and highly competent overview of the main political implications of the “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” negotiations from both sides (North America and Europe), while keeping in mind the controversial interplay with global governance and emergent economies. Highly recommended for students, scholars, practitioners and informed citizens looking for critical and solid orientation in a very sensitive and uncertain matter.’
- Pascal Lamy, President emeritus of the Paris-based think tank ‘Notre Europe’, Jacques Delors Institute, former Director General of the World Trade Organization and European Commissioner for Trade
“TTIP promises to generate significant yet still uncertain implications for transatlantic relations, global governance and the international rules-based order. This volume breaks new ground by helping readers understand the theoretical aspects of TTIP, its meaning for the United States and Europe, and its impact on third countries and multilateral institutions.”
- Daniel S. Hamilton, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, USA
“A timely, multi-disciplinary collection on an important subject, this volume will serve as a great starting point for students and scholars trying to make sense of the controversies surrounding the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”
- Amrita Narlikar, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Germany
The first CISITI Research Grants have been awarded following the competition opened last month. The winners are Mr Pierre-Alexandre Laberge and Mr. David Paillé, each receiving an M.A. grant of $ 1 000 and Mr. Gosshé Cosme Mekpo, who was awarded the $ 3 000 Ph.D. grant.
The first CISITI Research Grants will be awarded on yearly-basis in order to encourage academic excellence and to promote interdisciplinary research in International Trade and Foreign Investments.
On the picture are, at center, Mr. Laberge and Mr. Paillé, flanked by Mr. Lota Dabio Tamini, Director of CISITI and Mr. Louis Bélanger, Director of the Institute for Advanced international Studies (HEI).
CISITI is please to welcome Mr. Zakaria Sorgho as Asscoiate Member. A PhD graduate of HEI (School of Advanced international Studies), Dr. Sorgho is Deputy Executive Director of Centre Africain pour le Commerce International et le Développement (C.A.C.I.D.) (African Center for International Trade and Development) and a Lecturer - Department of Economics, at Laval University, as well as Research Associate at Laval University's CREATE.
As per the statutes of CISITI, two student representatives had to be elected to the Steering Committee. A student assembly, meeting on March 19, duly elected Aurelas B. Tohon (HEI) as Representative of PhD students and Samuel Fleury (HEI) as Representative of M.A. students.
We congratulate them both upon their election and look forward to their contribution to the activities of CISITI and their input into the Committee.
The Centre for Economic Policy Research unveils its 16th Annual Report titled "The Global Trade Disorder"
The Washington International Trade Association is organizing a panel entitled : The WTO TFA: Growing GDP by Streamlining the Movement of Goods - Now, what's next? to be held March 4, 2015. For more information or to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wto-tfa-growing-gdp-by-streamlining-the-movement-of-goods-tickets-15846771119
Le CEPCI vient d'enrichir l'offre de bourses des HEI pour nos étudiants.
Les Bourses de recherche du CEPCI sont décernées aux étudiants méritants afin d’encourager la recherche pluridisciplinaire en matière de commerce international et d’investissement étranger.
En 2015, le CEPCI offre deux bourses de maîtrise de 1 000 $ chacune et une bourse de doctorat de 3 000 $ La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est le 27 février.