On 2017-10-26 the Library hosted an exhibition organized by the Czech Permanent Mission in Geneva and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, as part of the project of renovation of the four Art Deco chandeliers by Jaroslav Horejc and Pavel Janák, renowned Czech artist and architect of the 20th century.
These works of art were donated around 1925 by Czechoslovakia to the International Labour Organization, the owner of the building at that time. Thanks to financial support by the Government of the Czech Republic and the Loterie Romande, and the perfect mastering of production by Czech glassmakers, they could now once again be completed and returned to the WTO library in their full beauty as almost 100 years ago.
Authors: Manfred Elsig, Bernard Hoekman, Joost Pauwelyn.
PUBLIC FORUM 2017 — Session 88 : Meet the Author with the WTO Bookshop & Library
- Manfred Elsig, Professor of International Relations and Deputy Managing Director, World Trade Institute
- Bernard Hoekman, Professor and Director, Global Economics, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
- Joost Pauwelyn, “Professor of International Law Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva”
Author: Ernst Ulrich Petersmann
PUBLIC FORUM 2017 — Session 47 : Meet the Author with the WTO Bookshop & Library
- Ernst Ulrich Petersmann, “Emeritus professor for international and European law and former Head, Law Department, European University Institute (EUI)”
- Thomas Cottier, “Emeritus Professor of Law, Senior Research Fellow World Trade Institute (WTI), University of Bern”
Author: Richard Baldwin.
PUBLIC FORUM 2017 — Session 09: Meet the Author with the WTO Bookshop & Library
Between 1820 and 1990, the share of world income going to today’s wealthy nations soared from twenty percent to almost seventy. Since then, that share has plummeted to where it was in 1900. As Richard Baldwin explains, this reversal of fortune reflects a new age of globalization that is drastically different from the old. In the 1800s, globalization leaped forward when steam power and international peace lowered the costs of moving goods across borders. This triggered a self-fueling cycle of industrial agglomeration and growth that propelled today’s rich nations to dominance. That was the Great Divergence. The new globalization is driven by information technology, which has radically reduced the cost of moving ideas across borders. This has made it practical for multinational firms to move labor-intensive work to developing nations. But to keep the whole manufacturing process in sync, the firms also shipped their marketing, managerial, and technical know-how abroad along with the offshored jobs. The new possibility of combining high tech with low wages propelled the rapid industrialization of a handful of developing nations, the simultaneous deindustrialization of developed nations, and a commodity supercycle that is only now petering out. The result is today’s Great Convergence. Because globalization is now driven by fast-paced technological change and the fragmentation of production, its impact is more sudden, more selective, more unpredictable, and more uncontrollable. As The Great Convergence shows, the new globalization presents rich and developing nations alike with unprecedented policy challenges in their efforts to maintain reliable growth and social cohesion.
Author: Petros Mavroidis
Discussant: Robert Wolfe
Author: Stephen Creskoff
Discussant: Sarah Thorn
What You Need to Know to Go Global is designed to help smaller businesses navigate international trade transactions. It includes chapters on getting international customers/suppliers, getting paid, protecting intellectual property, arranging logistics, understanding government regulations, and business social responsibility. It concludes with a chapter predicting future international trade developments and an “author’s journal” relating Creskoff’s personal experiences as an international lawyer/consultant and business person.
Under the theme “Inclusive Trade”, the WTO Forum will be an opportunity to discuss how a wider range of individuals and businesses can participate in the trading system and how WTO rules can help to ensure everyone benefits from trade. At a time when the business environment is changing and world growth is slowing, it is important to ensure that trade is truly inclusive, allowing small enterprises, women and innovative businesses to take an active role in the global trading system.
Authors: Sten Thore & Ruzanna Tarverdyan
Discussant: Marion Jansen, Hubert Escaith & Martina Lubyova