SC Webinar, 7 October 2021

Emerging Trends in FTAs and Public Health: Are the EU, USA, and China shifting positions?

Thursday, 7 October 2021

16:00 – 17:30 CET

The South Centre is holding a series of webinars on emerging trends related to free trade agreements (FTAs) and investment agreements that impact public health. The goal is to generate awareness, share experiences and expand knowledge for academics, policymakers and negotiators in ongoing and/or future negotiations. After our first webinar focused on investment treaties and IP, we this webinar examines the EU, USA, and China’s recent experiences.

Recording of the event here:


Ellen ‘t Hoen, Medicines Law and Policy & Global Health Law Group, Law Faculty, University of Groningen

Ruth Okediji, Harvard University

Sean Flynn, American University, Washington

Peter Yu, Texas A&M University

Carlos M. Correa, South Centre


Viviana Muñoz-Tellez (South Centre)


Debate will deal with the following questions:

– What is ‘new’ and what is a ‘continuation’ of previous positions, norms, and negotiating patterns deployed by the USA, EU, and China in trade and investment agreements? What is their potential impact on the issue of access to medical products?

– How does this new landscape affect negotiations and the position of developing countries, both when negotiating new agreements and responding to pressures by such countries? Are there any policy recommendations/strategies for developing countries’ negotiators and policymakers?

– Does the Covid-19 pandemic offer new opportunities and challenges for the negotiation dynamics and outcomes?



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