Reconceiving Trade Agreements for Social Inclusion

February 9–10, 2018
University of California, Irvine School of Law
Room LAW 3500H
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The current multilateral trading system is under challenge. With the election of President Trump in the United States, and the steady rise of neo-nationalist parties in Europe, the new trade policy mantra is that trade must be made more inclusive. But how is that to be achieved? The traditional trade policy approach to trade and social policy is typically in two steps. In the first step, countries sign international trade agreements to combat protectionist pressures and thereby mutually enhance national welfare. In the second step, recognizing that trade creates “losers” as well as “winners,” countries support those harmed through domestic social policy. This workshop explored whether the traditional approach of calling for countervailing domestic policy is sufficient, and whether trade agreements must be redesigned to integrate, whether directly or indirectly, social policy concerns. It explored and critiqued different ways that this might be done, whether in trade agreements themselves, or in other agreements, so that domestic policy to address social and developmental needs are facilitated.

Workshop Participants

  • Reuven S. Avi-Yonah

    Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law
    Director, International Tax LLM Program
    University of Michigan Law School

  • Anupam Chander

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law
    Director, California International Law Center
    UC Davis School of Law
  • Harlan G. Cohen

    Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law
    Faculty Co-Director, Dean Rusk International Law Center
    University of Georgia School of Law
  • Keith E. Maskus

    Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction in Economics
    University of Colorado Boulder
  • Timothy Meyer

    Professor of Law
    Vanderbilt Law School
  • Sergio Puig

    Associate Professor of Law
    Director, International Economic Law and Policy Program
    The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Priya Ranjan

    Professor of Economics
    University of California, Irvine
  • Kerry Rittich

    Associate Dean, JD Program
    University of Toronto Faculty of Law
    University of Toronto Women's and Gender Studies Institute
  • Gregory Shaffer

    Chancellor's Professor of Law
    Director, Center on Globalization, Law and Society
    University of California, Irvine School of Law

  • Chantal Thomas

    Professor of Law
    Director, Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa
    Cornell Law School
  • David Trubek

    Voss-Bascom Professor of Law
    Dean, International Studies Emeritus
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mark Wu

    Assistant Professor of Law
    Harvard Law School