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    CPSA Students Caucus Meeting

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Workshop: The Official Languages Act at 50
    Le 50e anniversaire de la Loi sur les langues officielles

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Reception: Department of Political Science
    University of British Columbia

    2019 Annual Conference - June 4, 2019
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    Canadian Political Science Association
    2019 Annual Conference Programme


    Hosted at the University of British Columbia
    Tuesday, June 4 to Thursday, June 6, 2019
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    Presidential Address:
    François Rocher, CPSA President

    Life and Death of an Issue:
    Canadian Political Science and
    Quebec Politics

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 05:00pm to 06:00pm
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    Keynote: UBCIC Grand
    Chief Stewart Phillip

    Asserting Indigenous
    Title and Rights in 2019

    Location: CIRS 1250
    June 04, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Wendy Brown
    In the Ruins of Neoliberalism:
    Our Predicaments:
    the Rise of Anti-democratic
    Politics in the West

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 02:00pm to 03:30pm
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    Keynote Speaker: Roland Paris
    Canada Alone?
    Surviving in a Meaner World

    Location: CIRS 1250
    Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 10:30am to 12:00pm

CPSA/ISA-Canada section on International Relations

C15(c) - Problems and Pitfalls in the Growing Institutionalization of International Economic Relations

Date: Jun 6 | Time: 08:45am to 10:15am | Location: SWING 206

Chair/Président/Présidente : Steffen Schneider (University of Bremen)

Discussant/Commentateur/Commentatrice : Steffen Schneider (University of Bremen)

E-Commerce Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements and Dispute Settlement: An Evolving Standard?: Marc Froese (Burman University)
Abstract: There are 288 regional trade agreements in force as of September 2018, approximately one quarter (27%) of which have e-commerce provisions. These e-commerce chapters have evolved over time, from simple, non-binding statements, to more comprehensive attempts to harness the transformative potential of the digital economy for economic and social development. This study tests the hypothesis that as e-commerce chapters have become more common and more detailed, their legal enforceability has also risen. Enforceability is measured using a qualitative and empirical analysis of 78 e-commerce chapters in regional trade agreements notified to the World Trade Organization. The first section develops a review of the overlapping literatures around binding state to state dispute settlement for the purposes of regulating the digital economy. The second section uses count data and text-as-data to develop a time-sequence, process tracing analysis of the relationship between e-commerce chapters and dispute settlement, with an emphasis on trend development, from earliest e-commerce provisions in 2001 to second-generation agreements such as those signed by Canada with Europe (CETA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and with the US and Mexico (USMCA). The third section discusses the implications of this evolving relationship between e-commerce provisions and dispute settlement for both regional trade development as well as the multilateral governance of trade.


Reputation in International Agreements: Dispute Settlement in Bilateral Investment Treaties: Stefano Burzo (University of British Columbia)
Abstract: When conflict arises between investors and countries hosting foreign direct investment (FDI), investors can often resort to dispute settlement mechanisms. The most common choice is the International Court for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Contemporary literature suggests that whenever a host country goes through an investment dispute, its trustworthiness in the eyes of current and potential investors diminishes – regardless of the outcome. This may not be the whole story. This study proposes a new reputational mechanism, suggesting that when countries settle or win a dispute at the ICSID their reputation may in fact be strengthened. This causal mechanism accounts for part of the variation currently unexplained in the literature. This study uses a unique dataset and a new identification strategy to perform a survival analysis on ICSID cases filed until 2016, to estimate the likelihood of settling a case at any point in time after the filing. To do this, the dataset tracks individual cases. The findings may have policy implications for countries with significant FDI inflows – including China, the United States and most members of the European Union.


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