An international colloquium on Restoring Trust in Trade in honour of Peter Van den Bossche will be held at Maastricht University on 17 December 2018. You are warmly invited to attend.

This colloquium focuses on a key challenge facing the international trading system, namely the rapidly eroding trust in trade liberalisation and economic integration. It aims to generate informed debate on how to restore trust in the liberalised trade regime, which is essential to halt the spread of economic nationalism and prevent beggar-thy-neighbour policies. The Colloquium uniquely presents the insights of renowned experts from the WTO Secretariat, the WTO Appellate Body, the European Commission, and academia, as well as challenging ‘young voices’, in presenting a critical look at what has gone wrong with the international trade regime and how it can be addressed.

In doing so, this Colloquium aims to pay tribute to the invaluable contribution Professor Peter Van den Bossche has made to the field of international trade law during his 25 years as a member of the Law Faculty of Maastricht University, and in particular to the development of a ‘trust-worthy’ rules-based multilateral trading system, as an academic, legal advisor and adjudicator in the highest judicial organ of the World Trade Organization. For more information, the programme and the link for registration, please visit:

The organisers are also putting together a Tabula Gratulatoria (an extended list of current/former colleagues and friends who send their best wishes to Peter) to hand over to Peter at this event. Those who would like their names to be included in this Tabula, are invited to inform the organisers by email to by 15 September 2018.