Seattle and Beyond: The Future of the WTO

November 17, 1999 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

1st floor/Wintergarden

Featuring Susan Esserman, Douglas Irwin, Russell Roberts, Brink Lindsey, Dan Griswold, Bill Lash, Mark Groombridge, John Burgess, Razeen Sally, Jeffrey Schott, Paul Morris, Bob Vastine, Eric Koenig, Jutta Hennig, Russell Roberts, Ron Cass, Grant Aldonas, and William Niskanen.

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Welcome and Opening Remarks

Brink Lindsey, Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Keynote Address

Susan G. Esserman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

Read the event transcript (PDF, 7 pp, 27 kb)

Panel I — The Limited (but Important) Role of the WTO

Moderator, John Burgess, Washington Post
Douglas Irwin, Dartmouth College
Bill Lash, George Mason University School of Law

Full text of “The Limited but Important Role of the WTO” (pdf)

Razeen Sally, London School of Economics, Full text of “National Trade Policy Reform and the Millennium Round: The Case for Developing Countries and Countries in Transition” (pdf)

Dan Griswold, Associate Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Panel II — Prospects for the Upcoming Trade Round

Moderator, Mark Groombridge, Research Fellow, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute

Jeffrey Schott, Institute for International Economics
Paul Morris, Embassy of Australia

Full text of “Redefining Agriculture in the WTO: Creating One Class of Goods” (pdf)

Bob Vastine, Coalition of Service Industries, Full text of “Prospects for Services Trade Liberalization in the New Trade Round” (pdf)
Eric Koenig, Microsoft Law and Government Affairs
Panel III — Building Support at Home for Free Trade

Moderator, Jutta Hennig, Cheif Editor, Inside U.S. Trade
Russell Roberts, Washington University‐​St. Louis

Full text of “Speaking about Trade to the Open Minded Skeptic” (pdf)

Ron Cass, Boston University, Full text of “Building Support for Free Trade: A Rockne Role?” (pdf)

Brink Lindsey, Cato Institute
Grant Aldonas, Chief Counsel, Senate Finance Committee
Closing Remarks:

William Niskanen, Chairman, Cato Institute

Additional Paper
Full text of “The Limited (But Not Sufficiently So) Role of the WTO” by J. Michael Finger, Lead economist for trade policy, World Bank