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School of Law

The Ratification Process of CETA in France

9 October 2019

Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm
Venue: Room 0.14, Scape Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4GG


The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, concluded on 26 October 2016 between Canada on one side, and the European Union and its member States on the other side, is aimed at enhancing free trade and foreign investment between the parties. It has attracted a lot of attention among the public in Europe, notably in France, and its ratification process has proved long and highly debated. The conference will explain the complexity of this ratification process and its current stage under French constitutional law, and will focus on some criticisms addressed to the treaty in the French political debate.

Speaker Bio

Hervé Ascensio is professor of public international law at the Sorbonne Law School (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), and director of the master degree in Global Business Law and Governance. He is the author of numerous publications in general public international law, international economic law, and international criminal law. He acts as counsel and advocate in proceedings before the International Court of Justice, and as an expert or arbitrator in investment arbitration. Professor Ascensio is a member and former Secretary General of the French Society for International Law, a member of the American Society of International Law, the Société de Législation comparée, the International Law Association (French branch).


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