Lectures & Events

International Economic Policy under the Trump Administration: A Conversation with CWRU Faculty

Thursday, January 19, 2017
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval

What will international economic policy look like under President Trump?

On the campaign trail, Candidate Trump promised to shred NAFTA, impose tariffs on Chinese goods, and withdraw from the World Trade Organization. Since the election, President-Elect Trump has filled cabinet posts with billionaires, steel and oil magnates, and advocates of protectionism. He has also persuaded American businesses to stay in the United States, and not set up factories in Mexico. His transition team has promised a "seismic and transformative shift in trade policy." On January 20, Donald Trump will become the forty-fifth U.S. President. Will he, as promised, brand China a currency manipulator? More generally, what does President Trump mean for the American and global economy?

This panel will explore the ramifications of Trump's statements and policies from interdisciplinary perspectives.

Speaker Information Juscelino F. Colares is the Schott-van den Eynden chair in Business Law and Associate Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Colares teaches courses in civil procedure, international business law and international environmental law. His scholarship explores interjurisdictional problems that emerge in litigation involving conflicts between domestic regulatory law and international trade, environmental and business norms. Colares's research has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals and law reviews, including the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of International Economic Law, Journal of World Trade, Jurimetrics, Revista dos Tribunais (Brazil), Columbia Journal of European Law, Cornell International Law Journal, Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

A former clerk for the Hon. Jean-Louis Debré, Chief Justice of the Conseil constitutionnel (the French Constitutional Court) (2008-09 term), Colares was also a visiting professor at Ecole normale supérieure in Paris. Prior to becoming a law professor, Colares, a Brazilian-born, naturalized U.S. citizen, practiced at Dewey Ballantine, LLP in Washington, D.C., where he litigated trade cases before federal agencies, federal courts and NAFTA panels. A versatile scholar, lawyer and economist, Colares was recently reappointed by the Office of the United Trade Representative to serve on the United States Roster of NAFTA Chapter 19 (Trade) Panelists.

Susan Helper is the Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She was formerly Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce and a member of the White House Staff. She has served as chair of the Economics Department, and has been a visiting scholar at University of Oxford, the University of California (Berkeley), Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research focuses on the globalization of supply chains, and on how U.S. manufacturing might be revitalized. Dr. Helper received her PhD in Economics from Harvard and her BA from Oberlin College in Economics, Government and Spanish.

Elliot Posner's research focuses on international cooperation, regulatory power and new market formation. His publications on the politics of finance explore the internal sources of the EU's external power, the changing terms of Transatlantic regulatory cooperation and the increasing relevance of transnational soft law. He and Abraham Newman are currently writing a book about the impact of non-binding financial regulatory agreements on powerful international players (the US, EU and financial services interest groups). His first book, The Origins of Europe's New Stock Markets (Harvard University Press, 2009), is about the EU politics surrounding smaller company finance and addresses classic and new questions about the nature and origins of markets, their relationship to politics and bureaucracy, and institutional change and innovation. His articles and book chapters have appeared or are forthcoming in the European Journal of International Relations, Journal of European Public Policy, International Organization, the Review of International Political Economy, World Politics and edited volumes.

He is the recipient of a 2012 European Union Affairs Fulbright research grant and spent the 2011-12 academic year as a visiting scholar at Sciences-Po's Centre d'études européenes in Paris and at Bruegel, a Brussels-based think tank.

Tim Webster is Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Asian Legal Studies at Case Western Reserve University. His research focuses on the intersection of international law and the domestic legal systems of China and Japan. He has testified before Congress, written for the popular media, and published on international trade, investment, human rights and dispute resolution in leading international law journals.

Professor Webster's most recent article - Why Does the United States Oppose Asian Investment? - was selected for the Seventeenth Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum. He also received the Buxbaum Award for Teaching Comparative Law from the American Society of Comparative Law's Younger Comparativist Committee. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris, Dauphine, and National Taiwan University and visiting scholar at Zhejiang University in beautiful Hangzhou, China. Before joining the Case faculty, Webster was a lecturer at Yale Law School, and senior fellow at its China Center.

Event Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

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