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Dialogues between Policymakers and Academia on Global Governance

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From 9:00am to 7:00pm CET

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In this webinar international policymakers and academic scholars interact in order to find common avenues for fostering cutting-edge research on global governance that is both fundamental and policy-relevant. We have gathered top officials from the European Commission, the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization. They will share views on current policymaking dynamics within their organizations and the possible interplay with academic research.

More information on the Una Europa Global Governance Research Group can be found here.


  1. 27 May, 10:00 - 10:15 Opening by Prof. Dámaso López, Vice-Rector of Foreign Affairs, UCM
  2. 27 May, 10:15 - 10:45 Session 1: Eliminating Covid-19
  3. Prof Cristóbal Pareja Flores, Dean Faculty of Statistical Studies, UCM and
  4. Dr Yaneer Bar-Yam, President, The New England Complex Systems Institute (US)
  5. 27 May, 15:00 - 15:45 Session 2: The World Bank and International Trade
  6. Chair: Prof María C. Latorre, Vice-Dean Faculty of Statistical Studies, UCM, Una Europa
  7. Dr Michael Ferrantino, Lead Economist, World Bank Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice
  8. 27 May, 16:00 - 17:00 Session 3: The World Bank and Human Rights
  9. Chair: Prof Jan Wouters, KU Leuven, Una Europa
  10. Dr Siobhan McInerney-Lankford, Senior Counsel, Environment & International Law, Legal Vice Presidency, World Bank
  11. 27 May, 17:15 - 18:30 Session 4: Global Value Chains and Covid-19
  12. Chair: Prof Robert Lawrence, Harvard Kennedy School
  13. Dr Robert Koopman, Chief Economist, World Trade Organization
  14. Dr Caroline Freund, Global Director, Trade, Investment, and Competitiveness, World Bank
  15. 28 May, 11:00 - 12:30 Session 5: Foreign trade: synergies between policy making and research
  16. Chair: Prof María C. Latorre, UCM, Una Europa
  17. Dr Robert Koopman, Chief Economist, WTO
  18. Dr Lars Nilsson, Deputy Head of Unit European Commission DG Trade, Chief Economist, Trade Analysis and Evaluation Unit
  19. Dr Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  20. 28 May, 16:15 - 17:15 Session 5: The UN Sustainable Development Goals
  21. Chair: Prof Jan Wouters, KU Leuven, Una Europa
  22. Dr Maria Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Co-ordination & Inter-Agency Affairs, United Nations
  23. 28 May, 17:15 - 17:25 Closing remarks
  24. Dr Daniel Sánchez Mata, Director, Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University