E15 Initiative

Subsidies and Industrial Policies in a World of Global Value Chains

16 December
17:15 - 18:45


TDS LIVE | Subsidies and Industrial Policies in a World of Global Value Chains

Session objectives 

In a world of highly fragmented production networks, many question the adequacy of existing WTO disciplines to support industrial policy objectives that enhance competitiveness and sustainable development. In this session, E15 experts on Subsidies and Industrial Policy will deliberate the main rationale for government intervention and identify cases for specific intervention as opposed to purely horizontal policies. The speakers will also examine specific areas in need of additional policy space and flexibility, including whether a category of non-actionable subsidies should be reintroduced to address objectives such as mitigating climate change and promoting innovation. Likewise, the speakers will discuss areas that need to be disciplined further to prevent negative spillovers, such as investment incentives, local content requirements, trade remedies, and resource depleting subsidies. 


  • Professor and Director, The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
  • Attorney, Law Offices of Gary N. Horlick
  • Assistant Professor, Harvard University
  • Director of International Government Affairs, ArcelorMittal