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What East Asian countries can learn from China’s economic policies?
1 December 2014, 12:30 - 14:00, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation

In his recent book “How Asia Works”, Joe Studwell analyses the development patterns of nine economies in East Asia.  He notes that until nations have achieved a certain technological self-sufficiency, they cannot possibly succeed with a neo-classical economic model. Moving away from the 10-step Washington consensus, Studwell proposes a three-step recipe for success, which he calls “the economics of learning”: land reform to maximise high-yield household farming, focus on export-orientated manufacturing to produce globally competitive goods, and strict capital control or financial repression. As these steps echo policies implemented by China over the last few decades, we can ask ourselves if a new development paradigm is emerging. How have development ideas and models spread back and forth from certain Asian countries to others? Is there a “Chinese lesson” for East Asian countries? Which kind of political leadership does this development model require? How are good governance and democratic governance articulated in this framework?

A lunch-debate with:  

Joe Studwell, journalist, public speaker and author of “How Asia Works”

- Jean-Christophe Defraigne, professor in Economics at FUSL (Brussels) and visiting Professor at the Louvain School of Management and at Zhejiang Da Xue in China

The debate was moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate was held in English.



Why Does TTIP Need an Investor-State Dispute Settlement?
21 October 2014, Brussels, 13:00 - 14:30     

A scheme for investor protection is quite common in trade deals involving countries where the rule of law and the independence of the courts are dubious. these schemes usually aim at establishing international arbitrage mechanisms to solve disputes arising between the investor and a government violating the terms of the investment through political or administrative intervention. However, extending the model of the Investor-State-Dispute Settlement (ISDS) to the EU-US trade talks implies a number of potential consequences that civil society associations deem of particular concern. Many argue that offshore tribunals are easily captured by corporate interests and might limit the ability of states to enforce their citizens' preferences as defined by democratic processes. Would a more aggressive US legal culture favour the US business in offshore litigation? Do sophisticated legal systems such as the US and EU ones require international arbitrage to protect investors? Would a US dominant culture in international litigation regime implicitly put pressure towards privatisation in Europe in a number of sensitive fields?   

Citizen’s Controversy with Jacques Bourgeois, Senior Associate at WilmerHale, and Fredrik Erixon, Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).  

The debate was moderated by Pierre Defraigne, Executive Director, Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation.

The debate was held in English.


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