26 Oct 2018 09:40
26 Oct 2018 17:15

The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) kindly invites you to participate at a high-level conference on TRADE DEFENCE INSTRUMENTS on Friday 26 October 2018.

In recent months, questions of trade defence have become more and more prominent on the political agenda of Europe. How to deal with China’s claim to be a market economy? How to react to measures of US President Trump on steel and aluminium? How to make the EU’s trade defence instruments more efficient so as to react quickly while respecting due process rights of all interested parties? How to take into account the WTO dimension in EU cases? In order to provide a first-hand analysis and an in-depth discussion with specialists in the field, the VUB has decided to organize a first public conference on the matter: The TDI YEARLY 2018.

Following a key-note introduction of IES President Karel De Gucht, prominent speakers from the European Commission (DG Trade and Legal Service), academia, business associations, and specialised law firms will review the main developments in the field of 2017. This includes legislative changes in the EU's basic regulations, Commission decisions on recent cases, as well as case law from Luxemburg and Geneva.


  • 9.00-9.30 Registration
  • 9.30-10.00 Intro & Keynote speech Prof. Kalimo, IES (confirmed) Karel De Gucht, President IES (confirmed)
  • 10.00-11.15 Significant distortions methodology Renaud Batier, Cerami Uni (confirmed) Frank Hoffmeister, COM Trade (confirmed) Ines Van Lierde, AEGIS (confirmed); Edwin Vermulst, lawyer (confirmed)
  • 11.15-11.30 Break
  • 11.30-12.30 TDI modernization Karl Tachelet, Eurofer (confirmed) Carolina Cumbo Nacheli, COM Trade (confirmed) Yves Melin, lawyer (confirmed); Bernard O'Connor, lawyer (confirmed)
  • 12.30-14.00 Lunch
  • 14.00-15.00 2017 Court judgments Prof. Kalimo, IES (confirmed) Ariane Demeneix, COM LS (confirmed) Renato Antonini, lawyer (confirmed); Nicolaj Kuplewatzky, COM LS (confirmed)
  • 15.00-16.00 2017 WTO TDI Reports Lourdes Catrain, lawyer (confirmed) Gustavo Luengo, COM LS (confirmed) Olivier Prost, lawyer (confirmed); Richard Luff, lawyer (confirmed)
  • 16.00-16.15 Break
  • 16.15-17.15 2017 EU TDI determinations Hannes Welge, former HO (confirmed) Natascha Mifsud, COM Trade (confirmed) Laurent Ruessmann, lawyer (confirmed); Paulette Vanderschueren, lawyer (confirmed)
  • 17.15 Closing remarks Frank Hoffmeister, COM Trade

The programme was designed with the kind help of a steering committee composed of the specialised trade lawyers Renato Antonini, Yves Melin, Bernard O'Connor, Olivier Prost, Edwin Vermulst and Frank Hoffmeister, Professor for International Economic Law at the Institute.  

Conference registration

If you wish to attend this event, please start your registration by filling in this form.

The conference fee is 100 EUR. Payments can be made via credit card (click here for credit card payment page) or bank transfer to the following account: IBAN Nr. BE50 0013 8819 7918, SWIFT CODE: GEBABEBB

Address: Institute for European Studies, VUB, Pleinlaan 2


Institute for European Studies, Pleinlaan 5, 1050 Ixelles


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This Conference is co-organized on the part of Prof Kalimo under the auspices of his EACEA Jean Monnet Chair (rECOncile, Grant nr. 575718-EPP- 1- 2016- 1-BE-EPPJMO-CHAIR).




TDI determinations PPT Seminar 26Oct2018_evdef.pdf1.84 MB
IES VUB conference slides 26.10.2018 A.Demeneix.pdf3.12 MB
20181017 Signifcant distortions methodology.pdf4.84 MB
Richard Luff Biodiesel Impact on EU TDI.pdf2.88 MB
2017 WTO Reports LUENGO.pdf9.18 MB
The new Anti-dumping Methodology final.pdf879.23 KB
MTDI presentation for Seminar 26Oct2018.pdf1.51 MB