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On 20 January 2016, Nanette Neuwahl, guest Professor at ACELG from the University of Montreal, gives a talk on the impact CETA and TTIP may have on the trust of the citizens of the negotiating countries in their governments.

Detail Summary
Date 20 January 2016
Time 13:00 -14:30


The idea is that citizens’ trust may weaken if they have the impression that these agreements are mainly to the benefit of big business and that the interests of ordinary people are not adequately protected. In light of the shortcomings of the agreed text and other issues reported by scholarly comment, it is suggested that the impact on citizen’s confidence could well be a negative one, because many citizens have reason to be worried about certain aspects of the agreements. If this is the case and if no lessons are drawn from past experience, the public may well be increasingly dissatisfied. Transparency, or rather the lack of it, is part of the problem. It is an aggravating aspect that comes on top of all the other real or perceived issues the agreements raise from the perspective of the citizen. Thus, it is argued that CETA and TTIP pose real challenges for leadership on both sides of the Atlantic.

About the Speaker

Nanette Neuwahl, a Dutch national, is a Full Professor at the Université de Montréal’s Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP) and has since 2008 held the Chaire Jean Monnet en Droit de l'Union européenne de l'Université de Montréal. She specializes in European Union law (particularly constitutional law and external relations) and her research focuses on the interaction and division of competencies between the European Union and its member states, the European Union’s external relations, internormativity and access to justice. She is also a co-editor of the European Foreign Affairs Review (Kluwer Law International).