The Ravenna School of Jurisprudence hosted the international conference “Transparency vs Confidentiality in International Economic Law: Looking for an Appropriate Balance”. The event treated one of the most sensitive areas of the international economic, political and legal agenda, in particular transparency in the negotiation and management of agreements regarding the internationalisation of trade and investments. Organised by Elisa Baroncini, Professor of International Law at the Ravenna seat of the University of Bologna, the conference enjoyed the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and fell within the framework of the reciprocal academic collaboration that the Farnesina’s Legal Affairs Service promotes with Italian Universities. Participants included scientific director for the department of the convention with the ministry Attila Tanzi, and head of the diplomatic service Minister Plenipotentiary Andrea Tiriticco, accompanied by Second Secretary Paolo Tonini.
A total of 30 speakers came from all over Europe, as well as the U.S. Canada, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan, for an event that offered an opportunity to examine the theme of transparency in the treatment of international dossiers. Understanding and successfully influencing the content of the international negotiations currently under way – beginning with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union – is essential to the effective planning and conduction of business abroad.