E15 Initiative

Regulatory Convergence Through the WTO

17 December
09:00 - 10:30


TDS LIVE | Regulatory Convergence Through the WTO

Session objectives 

Regulatory measures have emerged as the most important source of impediments to international trade and investment. The session will examine the key challenges posed by differences in regulations, and will review the various approaches pursued by countries to cooperate internationally to address such challenges. Since regulatory objectives in different countries are often very similar, such as ensuring health and safety or minimising risk, international regulatory cooperation can indeed serve as a powerful instrument to lower trade costs and reduce market segmenting without undercutting the attainment of regulatory objectives. Experts from the E15 task force on Regulatory Coherence will explain why the WTO needs to do more in this area, and will discuss how it can do so, through concrete policy recommendations that serve to improve regulatory outcomes while decreasing the trade-reducing impacts of regulatory differences.


  • Professor and Director, The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
  • Head of the Regulatory Cooperation Unit, UNECE
  • Senior Counsel, King & Spalding
  • Director of the Trade and Environment Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)