Trump’s World - The Trump Administration and International law

27 - 27 January 2017
  • Starts at: 13:00h
  • Fee: Free
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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On 20 January the Trump administration will assume power in Washington. Until then the world is holding its breath. While it is impossible to predict the precise shape of President Trump’s foreign policy, the candidate and President-elect Trump made several statements about his vision of the US’ role and engagement with the World. He indicated his willingness to compromise with Russia over Syria and Ukraine and criticised the financial burden shouldered by the US to sustain NATO. Candidate Trump was also very much opposed to the signing of the Paris Agreement and openly sceptical of the reality of climate change. Finally, his success as a candidate seems to have been partly predicated on his strong criticism of trade deals, be it NAFTA or TPP. To what extent will the critical positions of candidate Trump vis-à-vis certain pillars of recent US foreign policy guide the Trump Administration? What will happen on the geopolitical battlefields of Syria and Ukraine? Will we see the diminishment of NATO? Will the Trump administration denounce the Paris Agreement and abandon the transnational process put in place to slow down climate change? Will the pending transnational trade deals (TTIP and TPP) be signed under a Trump administration? Will the existing trade deals (NAFTA) be rescinded?

This event aims to reflect on these questions, to discuss the options available to the Trump administration, and to evaluate the potential consequences of President-elect Trump’s positions for the international order at large. It also aims to inform the perspectives of those (in Europe and beyond) that stand on the receiving end of the future foreign policy of the incoming Trump administration. 


13:00 Welcome - Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, President of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut 

13:05 Opening Keynote - H.E. Mr Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the US 

13:30 Panel 1: War and Peace under a Trump Administration

  • Mr Hubert Smeets, NRC 
  • Prof. André Gerrits, Leiden University
  • Ms Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

14:30 Coffee break

Column by the moderator: Ms Tracy Metz, Director of The John Adams Institute 

14:45 Panel 2: The Paris Agreement under a Trump Administration

  • Mr Damien Meadows, European Commission
  • Mr Marcel Beukeboom, Climate Envoy, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Jonathan Verschuuren, Tilburg University
  • Prof. Ruth Oldenziel, Eindhoven University of Technology

16:00 Panel 3: The Trump Round: The Future of American Trade Policy

  • Dr Marija Bartl, University of Amsterdam
  • Prof. Frank Hoffmeister, European Commission, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Dr James Mathis, University of Amsterdam

17:00 Closing Keynote - Prof. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Former Secretary-General of NATO, Chairman of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV), Leiden University

17:30 Reception 

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