The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which still must be approved by the respective country legislative branches, varies markedly from its predecessor, NAFTA, in its investment, environment and labor chapters, and treatment of automotive rules of origin, financial services and regulation, dispute resolution, energy, digital trade and intellectual property. Whether approved or not, negotiating the USMCA marks a new era in North American relations and raises important questions about the future of international trade, global institutions, and regionalism. This conference will consider the NAFTA 2.0 era, not only through the specific trade provisions of the USMCA, but also from the larger puzzle of North America as a region. It will examine the North American puzzle in the context of emerging trends in international trade, shifts in geo-political and economic interests, and the growing skepticism towards globalization and international dispute settlement.

Keynote Speakers:
  • Ricardo Ramirez, former WTO Appellate Body Member; Professor, UNAM; Partner, RRH Consultores S.C.
  • Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. (2017-2018); Managing Director of the North American Development Bank (NADB) (2010-2017); Deputy Secretary for Governance and Homeland Security in the Interior Ministry of Mexico (2009-2010); Undersecretary for North America at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico (2003-2006); currently Managing Partner at Beel Infrastructure Partners

  • Re-envisioning Trade for Economic Development: Implications of NAFTA 2.0?
  • Reforming Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: Dispute Resolution for North America under NAFTA 2.0
  • Natural Resource Extraction and Sustainable Development in North America
  • The Cross-Border Labor Puzzle: Cities, Crossings and Wages
Organizing Committee: CLE Credit:
  • 3 hours of CLE credit available

Thank you to our sponsors:

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UH Center US Mexican Law
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