Policy Hub professor appointed as special advisor to the ITC

Professor Fiona Smith, who sits on the Food Systems Policy Hub Working Group, has been appointed to the role of special advisor by the House of Commons International Trade Committee.

Professor Smith, who is a professor of international economic law, is the N8 Chair in Agrifood Regulation at the University of Leeds, and Associate Director for Agrifood Supply Chains at the university’s Global Food and Environment Institute. In her new role she will provide expertise in order to assist the Committee with its scrutiny of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deals.

The International Trade Committee (ITC) was established in 2016 and is appointed by the House of Commons to scrutinise the spending, administration and policy of the Department for International Trade (DIT), and other associated public bodies.

DIT is currently negotiating Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the US, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the Government is expected to apply to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Further trade negotiations are likely to begin soon, as the Government pursues its objective of having 80% of UK trade covered by FTAs within the next three years.

In her role as special advisor, Professor Smith will use her relevant expertise in trade policy and trade law to support the Committee with FTA scrutiny.

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