Invited Speakers

Key Note Speakers

Stephen Gillis Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto, Canada. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Senior Associate Member of St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University. Between 2009 and 2010 he was the Jane and Aatos Erkko Visit-ing Professor in Studies on Contemporary Society at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland. In spring of 2016 he will be the Hallsworth Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester. His main fields of work are Global Political Economy, International Relations, and Social and Political Theory.
Selected publications include: Power and Resistance in the New World Order (2008), Global Crises and the Crisis of Global Leadership (2011) and New Constitutionalism and World Order (with Claire Cutler 2014).

Sheila Jasanoffis Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 100 articles and chapters and is author or editor of a dozen books, including Controlling Chemicals, The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason. She was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell University and has held numerous distinguished visiting appointments in the US, Europe, and Japan. Jasanoff served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Her grants and awards include a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship and an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente.

Plenary Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Frank Ackerman is an environmental economist who has written widely on energy, climate change, trade, and related issues. He is well known for his critiques of overly narrow cost-benefit analyses of environmental protection, among other topics. He has directed studies and reports for clients ranging from Greenpeace to the European Parliament, including many US state agencies and environmental groups. He has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts, and is now at Synapse Energy Economics, a research and consulting group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Selected publications include: Climate Change and Global Equity (2014), Can We Afford the Future? (2009), and Priceless: On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing (2004).

Marija Bartlis Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam. Her research fo-cuses on the democratic implications of market integration beyond the state. Recently, Marija has been awarded a three year research grant by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for her project “Bringing Democracy back to Markets: TTIP and the Politics of Knowledge in Postnational Governance”. In this project, she addresses the relation between knowledge, democracy and market integration on the background of the current trade negotiations between the EU and the US.

Penny Clarkeis the EPSU Deputy General Secretary since 2014. Her responsibilities include coordi-nating EPSU's public services network. EPSU is the European Federation of Public Service Unions. It is the largest federation of the ETUC and comprises 8 million public service workers from over 265 trade unions; EPSU organises workers in the energy, water and waste sectors, health and social ser-vices and local, regional and central government, in all European countries including the EU’s Eastern Neighborhood. EPSU is the recognized regional organization of Public Services International (PSI).

Ferdi De Villeis assistant professor in European Union Studies at Ghent University. His research focusses mainly on the political economy of EU trade policy. He has published on this topic in numerous international journals, including New Political Economy, Journal of European Public Policy and British Journal of Politics and International Relations. He is the co-author of the book ‚TTIP: The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ (Polity Press, with Gabriel Siles-Brügge).

Jean-Christophe Graz is Professor of international relations at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Historiques et Internationales of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has worked for the last 15 years on regulation issues in global political economy. His research focuses on transnational private governance, international standards, service offshoring, and more recently global finance and insurance. His latest book is: Services sans frontières. Mondialisation, normalisation et régulation de l’économie des services (Presses de Science Po, Paris, 2013).

John Hilaryis Executive Director of War on Want. He has worked in the global justice movement for the past 25 years, and has published widely on issues of globalisation, trade policy and workers’ rights. His report on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), published by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, has been translated into 12 European languages. In 2013 John was appointed Honorary Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His book, The Poverty of Capitalism: Economic Meltdown and the Struggle for What Comes Next, was published by Pluto Press the same year. He is also co-editor of the collection of essays entitled Free Trade and Transnational Labour, published by Routledge in 2014.

Manuel Pérez-Rochais an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington and an Associate of the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam. He is a Mexican national who has led efforts to promote just and sustainable alternative approaches to trade and investment agreements for two decades. Prior to working for IPS’ Global Economy Program, he worked with the Mexican Action Network on Free Trade (RMALC) and continues to be a member of that coalition’s executive committee. He also worked for the Make Trade Fair campaign of Oxfam International. He studied International Relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), has a diploma on European Studies from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and holds a M.A. on Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. Some of his last publications include op-eds in The Nation and The New York Times.

Christoph Scherrer, an economist and political scientist, is professor for “Globalisation and Politics” at the University of Kassel. He is head of two English-language Master Programmes (MA Global Polit-ical Economy and MA Labour Policies and Governance) and Executive Director of the “International Center for Development and Decent Work”, awarded for its excellence in development cooperation by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). He is Co-Director of HBS (Hans-Böckler-Stiftung) and the HBS promoted PhD program “Global Social Policies and Governance”. Furthermore, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the “Global Labour University”, which offers Master-level pro-grammes focused on training in economic and political sciences for trade unionists on four continents.
Selected publications include: Combating Inequality: The Global North and South, London: Routledge (in print)(with A.Gallas, H.Herr and F. Hoffer), The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Implications for Labor (2014), and Financial Cultures and Crisis Dynamics (2014, with B.Jessop and B. Young)

Sabine Stephan was born in 1967. 1988-1996 she studied media and film studies and political sci-ence at the Free University of Berlin, degree: Magister Artium (1996). 1991-1999 she studied econom-ics at the Free University of Berlin, degree: Diplom-Volkswirtin (1999). 1999-2005 she was research associate at the DIW Berlin and from 2000-2002 she had numerous short-term assignments to Vi-etnam, Laos and Jordan for the gtz (the German government's aid agency). Since June 1st, 2005 she is senior economist at the Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) at the Hans-Böckler Foundation.

Alexandra Strickneris an economist, co-founder and current President of Attac Austria. From 2003 to 2006 she worked with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) as a senior expert on trade and agriculture policies in Geneva and Vienna and was part of the global resistance against the WTO Doha Round. She is a co-founder of the Austrian Stop TTIP Platform, which includes many trade unions, environmental groups, faith based groups etc. (see and actively engages in the European Network and coordination against TTIP and CETA. As part of her profes-sional and political work she is also engaged in different Austrian, European and global Networks working towards democratic systemic alternatives from below (among others:;;;

Rudi von Arnimreceived a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research in 2008. Since 2009, he is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. Research interests extend from macroeconomic theory, with a focus on the links between growth, the business cycle and the distribution of income to economic development, with a focus on structural heterogeneity. On these themes, he has worked with and consulted for G24, UNDP, UNCTAD, ILO’s Institute for International Studies (IILS) as well as OEFSE (Austrian Foundation for Development Research).