October Conference Agenda

What's on the Horizon for International Trade?

Presented by the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in cooperation with the Nebraska Farm Bureau

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, Hamann Auditorium View Map
8:30am-3:45pm, reception following
Free and open to the public, but registration is required; lunch provided
Please register here by October 2
Approved for 4.5 hours of in-person Continuing Legal Education credit.
This event will be livestreamed

8:30am Trade Primer: 10 Things to Know About Trade
A joint presentation on key economic and legal basics important for understanding today’s fast-moving trade policy dynamics, including: tariffs and how they work; why we trade; the World Trade Organization dispute settlement system; what free trade agreements can achieve; trade remedy statutes; global supply chains, bilateral vs. multilateral negotiations, and more.
Professor Matt Schaefer
Haggart/Work Professor of International Trade Law,
College of Law, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Uchechukwu Jarrett
College of Business, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
9:00am Break
9:15am Formal Conference Opening and Welcoming Remarks
9:30am Keynote Remarks "What's Next in U.S. Trade Policy: Is Uncertainty the Only Certainty?"
Edward Alden
Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Western Washington,
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
10:30am Break
10:45am Panel 1: The World Trade Organization in Crisis
This panel will explore longstanding challenges and current crises at the World Trade Organization and their potential impacts, such as: self-declaration of developing country status; how the WTO will view the national security exception in light of unilateral actions by the U.S. and others to impose tariffs on national security grounds; and efforts to reform the WTO Appellate Body and what could happen if it ceases to function at the end of 2019.
Warren Maruyama
Partner, Hogan Lovells
former General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and former Associate Director for International Economic Policy, White House Office of Policy Development
John M. Weekes
Senior Business Advisor, Bennet Jones, LLP, Ottawa;
former Ambassador of Canada to the World Trade Organization
Ken Levinson
Executive Director, Washington International Trade Association
11:45am Lunch Break
12:30pm Lunch Panel with University Students: A Conversation with Darci Vetter
Darci Vetter
Global Lead, Public Affairs, and Vice Chair for Agriculture and Food, Edelman;
former U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Students: 
Sarah Barrett (Law) 
Nichole Sklare (Law)
Justin Myers (Economics) 
1:00pm Panel 2: Tariffs, Retaliation, and Supply Chain Impacts
The last year and a half has seen the unilateral use of tariffs as a negotiation tool, including through U.S. use of Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Act of 1962. U.S. trading partners have retaliated with their own tariffs. This panel will explore the origins and impact of the imposition of U.S. tariffs on China and other trading partners and the estimated economic implications of the resulting tariff wars for Nebraska’s economy.
David Morfesi
Special Counsel and Director International Trade, Minter Ellison, Adelaide, Australia
Visiting Professor, College of Law and Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Edward Balistreri
Department of Economics, Iowa State University
Chris Roth
President, Reinke Manufacturing Co., Inc. 
Jill O’Donnell
Director, Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2:00pm Break
2:15pm Panel 3: Free Trade Agreements: Implications of a Shifting Competitive Landscape
This panel will explore the U.S. agenda for opening new global markets for agriculture and other goods and services through free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations, including the importance of reducing non-tariff barriers; the competitive landscape for U.S. goods and services in light of other countries’ pursuit of their own FTAs; and the implications for the United States of leaving the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
Melissa Kessler
Director of Strategic Relations, U.S. Grains Council
Dr. John Beghin
Michael Yanney Chair of International Trade and Finance,
Department of Agricultural Economics and Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Andrea Durkin
Founder Sparkplug, LLC, Editor-in-Chief, TradeVistas
Adjunct Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
3:15pm Closing Remarks
Zippy Duvall
President, American Farm Bureau Federation
3:45pm Reception
5:00pm Adjourn

University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, Hamann Auditorium