Philippe Musquar is currently an Adviser to the Director General of the Legal Service of the European Parliament. During his 30-year career with the European institutions (Commission from 1989 to 2005 and Parliament since 2005), he held a series of both operational and management positions in the fields of customs, international trade, fisheries and agriculture, including two consecutive foreign postings representing the Commission in Geneva (WTO) and Ottawa (Canada).
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, he has been lecturing on EU Trade Policy at the Institute of Political Studies in Lille (Sciences Po.) since 2007 and has published a handbook (in French) on this subject at éditions Larcier in March 2020.
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)