Musquar Philippe

Philippe Musquar is currently the Head of the secretariat of the European Parliament Committee on agriculture and rural development (AGRI), a position he has held since 1 November 2013.

From 1986 to 1989 he worked as an associate for the Brussels law firm of Van Bael & Bellis, specialising in international trade law. From 1989 to 2005 he worked for the European Commission dealing with a variety of customs and trade dossiers, including responsibilities as Head of a team of anti-dumping investigators in DG Trade and two successive foreign postings - to the WTO in Geneva (as Counsellor for market access issues) and in Ottawa, Canada (as Counsellor for economic and commercial affairs and Deputy head of delegation). After transferring to the European Parliament in 2005, he successively headed the secretariats of the Committee on international trade (INTA), the Committee on fisheries (PECH) and the Special Committee on organised crime, corruption and money laundering (CRIM), before being appointed to his current position.

Philippe Musquar studied law at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon (France) and at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). He also holds diplomas from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Sciences Po.) and the College of Europe in Bruges.

Aside from his responsibilities at the European Parliament, Philippe Musquar has been lecturing on EU Trade Policy at the Institute of Political Studies in Lille (Sciences Po.) since 2007.


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EU trade policy in an evolving global environment - an introduction to the scope, objectives, instruments, and constraints of EU's trade relations with the rest of the world  
The objective of the course is to provide students with an introduction to/overview of the scope, objectives and constraints of the trade policy of the EU and allow them to gain a better understanding of topical issues of trade policy such as the trade implications of Brexit, the crisis of the multilateral trading system, confronting US unilateralism, the China challenge, etc., from a specific EU perspective.
The main contents of the course are the following:  EU trade policy: definition, objectives and policy making; The EU as a major trading power; The EU and the WTO (the multilateral dimension of EU trade policy); The EU’s expanding network of preferential agreements (the bilateral and regional dimension of EU trade policy); The EU’s defence against international trade distortions (the autonomous dimension of EU trade policy); The horizontal dimensions of EU trade policy (development, environment, core labour standards)


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