Linklaters Workshop Series – Session 1: The WTO and the UK


The WTO and its system (schedules, agreements and procedures), the new status of the UK in the WTO, including the ‘fall-back to WTO rules’ scenario with the EU as well as the need for WTO reform.

This first training session will firstly provide an introduction to the multilateral trading system including the purpose of the WTO, what areas does it cover and the WTO today. Linklaters will then explore what this means for the UK’s rights and obligations in the WTO and what will change for UK based business trading with the EU.

Meet the Panel

Dr Lorand Bartels, Senior Trade Counsel. Linklaters

Dr Lorand Bartels is a Reader in International Law in the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches WTO law, public international law and EU law. He is a recognised authority in trade law and in 2016-17 was appointed Specialist Advisor to the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee. He is on the editorial boards of the main academic journals in this field, and is a General Editor of the Cambridge International Trade and Economic Law monographs series.

In addition to his academic work, Lorand has extensive practical experience advising on trade law and public international law.


Alex Fawke, Managing Associate & Trade Remedies Specialist, Linklaters

Alex is in Linklaters’ Trade Practice focussing on trade law, investment arbitration and public law litigation.

Alex has recently completed a nine-month secondment at the Department for International Trade, where he was part of the team which drafted the legislation for the UK’s new trade remedies regime. This work focussed on transposing relevant parts of EU law, ensuring compliance with WTO law, and working on cross-Whitehall legislative and implementation issues.



Tuesday 1st September


2:30 pm – 4:00 pm BST