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National sovereignty and regional economic integration: non-trade values and international trade 

May 3, 2018 
Venue: Room 110, Academic Committee of Szeged of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZAB Székház) 6720 Szeged, Somogyi u. 7, Hungary.

Convener: Csongor István Nagy, professor of law and head of the HAS-Szeged Federal Markets “Momentum” Research Group

Conference program 

9:30 – 10:00 Registration 

10:00 – 10:10 Csongor István Nagy, professor of law, University of Szeged Opening Remarks: World Trade, Global Values and National Interests 

10:10 – 10:30 János Martonyi, Chair of UNCITRAL, professor emeritus, University of Szeged Key-note speech: Global Trade and Universal Values


SESSION 1 Trade and human rights 

Chair: Csongor István Nagy, professor of law, University of Szeged 

10:30 – 10:50 Nóra Chronowski, professor of law, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest The Future of Business and Human Rights: Do We Need an International Treaty to Close the Gap? 

10:50 – 11:10 Anthony Cassimatis, professor of law, University of Queensland Human Rights, International Trade and Abuse of Rights 

11:10 – 11:30 József Hajdu, professor of law, University of Szeged The Internationalization of Labor Standards 

11:30 – 11:50 Q&A 


SESSION 2 Trade, environment and sustainability 

Chair: János Martonyi, Chair of UNCITRAL, professor emeritus, University of Szeged 

13:30 – 13:50 János Volkai, WTO Secretariat Geneva Prerequisites of Addressing Any New Issues at the WTO 

13:50 – 14:10 Paolo Davide Farah, West Virginia University (USA) & gLAWcal - Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (UK) The Role of the Chinese SOEs toward the Promotion of a Low Carbon Economy: International Trade, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy and the Environmental Protection 

14:10 – 14:30 Zoltán Víg, associate professor, University of Szeged & Gábor Hajdu, doctoral researcher, University of Szeged Trade and Environment Protection 

14:30 – 14:50 Q&A 


SESSION 3 Trade and investment disputes 

Chair: Tibor Várady, professor of law, Central European University 

15:20 – 15:40 Martin Jarrett, research fellow, University of Mannheim Expropriation in International Investment Arbitration 

15:40 – 16:00 Bálint Kovács, adjunct professor, Sapientia University of Transylvania Acces of SMEs to Investment Arbitration: Too Big to Fail, Too Small to Succeed? 

16:00 – 16:20 Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi, postdoctoral fellow, University of Oslo & Péter Márton, doctoral researcher, CEU Creeping Intergovernmentalism in the EU's Common Commercial Policy: The Curious Case of Investment Protection 

16:20 – 16:40 Orsolya Tóth, assistant professor, University of Nottingham: Amicus Curiae and National Interest in Investment Arbitration 

16:40 – 17:00 Q&A 

Closing remarks