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Cast as “trade agreements”, a momentous re-writing and consolidation of the basic rules governing the global economy is being pursued across the globe. At play is much more than “trade." Driven by commercial interest and industry associations, the rules in these agreements - like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - cover core elements of politics and economics, including investment, dispute resolution, intellectual property, public procurement policy and much more. As such, they can both re-shape and lock-in the reach and power of multinational corporations, the lines between public and private, the role and efficacy of governance globally and nationally, and the enormous power imbalances among classes, regions and countries. Done in secrecy, these agreements threaten to undermine hard-won basic citizen rights - to open government, access to justice, livelihoods and a stable and healthy environment.
Bringing together noted academics and advocates, “Rules, Rights and Resistance” presents a day-long exploration of what is at play in the struggle over “trade agreements," what they portend, the resistances they have generated, and the horizons for rewriting and implementing alternative rules."
Speakers include; Jared Bernstein, Greg Grandin, New York University, Alan Cafruny, Hamilton College; Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Caroll Muffet, Center for International Environmental Law, Synapse Energy; Kevin Gallagher (via video), Boston University, and Lori Wallach, Public Citizen.
Hosted by Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs in conjunction with the Shifting Social Contract Seminar Series, with professors Everita Silina and Sakiko Fukuda-Parr.
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