Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is an independent think-tank working in the area of international trade under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
About the Competition
The Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) is organizing an article writing competition for young researchers in the field of international trade, marking the 25th Anniversary of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Twenty-five years after the establishment of the WTO, there loom many uncertainties and difficulties in the world of trade. As the world leaps into the new decade that is posed to be replete with new technological developments while still retaining several unresolved issues, it is important to assess how law and economics have addressed and will address these challenges in unstable geopolitics.
They are inviting submissions of extended abstracts (1500-2000 words) from young researchers based in India in the field of international trade, up to the age of 35 as of the deadline for abstract submission, on topics given below. Authors of accepted abstracts notified thereafter will be expected to submit full-length, well-researched articles (up to 7000 words). The authors of shortlisted articles will be invited to make a presentation at a seminar organized by CWS, whereby winners will be adjudged.
Submissions are invited on the following topics
Future of multilateral trade rules
Resolving the Appellate Body crisis
Relevance of Special and Differential Treatment in multilateral trade rules
WTO’s role in the facilitation of economic development
Rewriting the Agreement on Agriculture for the 21st Century
FTAs as blueprints for future multilateral trade rules and negotiations
Significance of data localisation for developing countries
Technological neutrality of TRIPs in the context of e-commerce
Role of TRIPs in stimulating innovation in India, amidst other factors that promote innovation
Novel approaches for utilisation of IPRs to enhance access to medicines
Relevance of Non-Agricultural Market Access negotiations in the present context
Food security and livelihood security under WTO and FTAs
Designing digital trade rules for developing countries
The extended abstract should be about 1500-2000 words including references. Co-authorship of up to two persons is allowed. The first page should contain the title of the paper, name and contact details of the author(s), with short bio(s). Please make all your submissions to cwssubmissions[at]iift.edu. All submissions will be blind reviewed.
Extended Abstract Submission: 30th March, 2020
Abstract Acceptance Decision: 22nd April 2020
Full length Paper Submission: 1st August 2020
Conference Dates: October 2020 (Dates to be finalized)
1st Position: Rupees Fifty Thousand
2nd Position: Rupees Forty Thousand
3rd Position: Rupees Thirty Thousand
For any assistance or query, please contact: cwssubmissions[at]iift.edu.
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