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Businesses around the world are assessing the potential impact of socio-economic and political uncertainty. This climate will influence their operations and the commercial and investment opportunities open to them. It is Broader than Brexit. In our Broader than Brexit series we bring you insights from our team, working at the intersection of business, government, politics, regulation and law. Helping you to navigate the uncertainty ahead.

In this episode we are joined by Susan Bright (Competition Partner, London), Aline Doussin (International Trade Partner, London) and Lourdes Catrain (International Trade Partner, Brussels) to talk about the interpretation of a "national security" notion under World Trade Organisation rules.

  • What does the term "trade war" mean as a point of international trade?
  • Why have the rules governing when security interests prevail over trade interests – and when they do not – recently come into focus for members of the WTO?
  • What's the single biggest risk resulting from deploying a national security justification in the field of trade?
  • What does this mean for future trade relations between the US, the EU and the UK?