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Wednesday 17 November (1530 - 1830)

Wednesday 17 November (2000 - 2300)

Thursday 18 November (0730 - 0840)

Alternative and New Law Business Structures Committee
Corporate Counsel Forum
European Regional Forum
International Commerce and Distribution Committee (Lead)
International Trade and Customs Law Committee
Technology Law Committee

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Thursday 18 November (0915 - 0945)

Thursday 18 November (0945 - 1015)

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Giorgio Sacerdoti, former President of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Appellate Body, University Professor, Attorney at Law, and Arbitrator will share his great experiences and provide insights into the current initiatives on international trade and commerce – specifically those within the WTO context - aiming to regulate and facilitate cross border digital commerce.

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Thursday 18 November (1015 - 1145)

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Businesses that have moved in a timely manner to digitise their supply chain, (including customs and tax procedures, and custom valuation and transfer pricing) and have become more efficient and developed a new degree of resiliency to create a competitive advantage. This session will explore the consequences of this digitalisation on the nature and speed of international supply chains, tax, trade, and customs, and will pose interesting questions: how does e-commerce affect the processes of product development, manufacturing, distribution, and the taxes and customs outcome? Does it increase their resiliency? Has the recent pandemic accelerated the digitisation of changes to supply chains and has it impacted the ‘reshoring. of functions from abroad?

This panel will further discuss, during Covid-19 times:
• How e-commerce has affected the approaches to tax, trade laws and customs
• The impact on outsourcing
• What we can expect in the future and the key legal issues arising therefrom.

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Thursday 18 November (1200 - 1330)

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The digitisation of goods, services and processes requires stakeholders to be aware of the changing legal framework. There is an increasing spread of goods and services exploiting digital technology, artificial intelligence, and robotics. As a result, manufacturers and distributors of such technological products must be able to ensure consumers’ safety and be aware that the legal system, in terms of product liability, is constantly evolving.

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Thursday 18 November (1430 - 1600)

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Dramatic changes are already underway in the fashion and retail industries. However, in recent years challenges such as adapting to fast evolving consumer behaviour, converting to fast fashion, and winning the battle on digital have emerged. In this session questions will be addressed, including: how has the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated these phenomena and/or changed the course of these industries? Is the change for good or temporary? What hurdles are brands facing currently, and how does legal advice need to adapt to provide the required support? Speakers from the industry and practicing attorneys will bring their experiences to the table.

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Thursday 18 November (1615 - 1745)

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The audience will be divided into seven discussion groups for this ‘roundtable’ session format to address the following relevant sub-topics:
1. The application of food safety controls when departing from traditional supply chain. Ghost, dark, cloud,  and multi-cuisine kitchens and food delivery: are we still going to cook at home?
2. How to enhance the contractual strength of suppliers when dealing with big online service providers
3. Is the food and beverage online supply chain shorter or longer? What are the pros and cons?
4. Can the new reality of food and beverage e-commerce contribute to a greener world? Will the parcelisation of food deliveries reduce food waste? Is the “new” supply chain sustainable?
5. Who is the new consumer of food and beverage e-commerce? How do we protect them? How has the pandemic brought more trust in the decision-making process when dealing with food than it was in the past?Has the pandemic revolutionized the concept of trust in international commerce?
6. What are the differences between keyword ranking and eye-level physical market shelves in terms of the visibility of food products? How do we reconcile manufacturers, distributors, and consumers interests altogether?
7. The new life of retail and proximity F&B shops as final deliverers of local and 0 kilometre products to the consumers, and wholesalers’ revalued neighbour agents
 

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Thursday 18 November (1745 - 1800)

Thursday 18 November (1900 - 2029)