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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
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Tuesday, December 12 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Making Trade More Equitable: How A Progressive Trade Agenda Could Share the Benefits of Trade Labour, Women and Indigenous Peoples

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CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) is delighted to host this panel as a Knowledge Partner of the ICTSD’s Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

We have entered a moment of profound challenge for open societies.  Overall poverty levels worldwide are diminishing with deepened trade, notably but not exclusively in China.  Yet inequality within and across states is at record levels.  The benefits of trade do not appear to have been evenly distributed, such that many workers consider themselves to be trade’s losers forced to bear the individualized risk of economic restructuring, and women and Indigenous peoples wonder if they will ever experience firsthand the benefits of participating in international trade. The dawning awareness of the uneven distribution of the benefits of international trade stokes fear and cynicism about globalization and calls for more trade protectionism.

This panel calls attention to the perceived mismatch between existing provisions in trade agreements, and the concerns about the impact of trade on labour and employment, and the need to ensure that global trade is inclusive of women and indigenous peoples. This panel will review existing trade agreements. It will consider the potential to enhance participation of labour, women and Indigenous peoples, and reinforce progressive social values while promoting global economic growth.  It is particularly concerned to canvass the important role that might be played by individual states in fostering an inclusive trade agenda and progressive trade adjustment measures.  It seeks to push thinking further, to consider whether and how regional economic agreements might become sites through which to rethink distributive justice.  It will bring together leading experts on the interface between human rights and labour law, trade law, and development to discuss how core social values of inclusion, equity and the right to decent work might better be embedded in regional and multilateral economic agreements.

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director of the International Law Research Program, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
As director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation... Read More →

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Adelle Blackett

Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development, Faculty of Law, McGill University
Adelle Blackett is Professor of Law & Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, and directs the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory. She holds a B.A. from Queen’s, LL.B. & B.C.L. from McGill, and LL.M... Read More →
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Valerie Hughes

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Queen's University
Valerie Hughes is a CIGI senior fellow and an adjunct assistant professor of law at Queen’s University. An expert in international trade law and international dispute settlement, she served as director of the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from 2010... Read More →
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Alvaro Santos

Professor, Georgetown Law
Alvaro Santos is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA) at Georgetown University. He teaches and writes in the areas of international trade, economic development, transnational labor law and the future of NAFTA... Read More →
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Risa Schwartz

Risa Schwartz International Law
Risa Schwartz is a sole practitioner, focusing on international law and the intersections between trade law, environmental law and Indigenous rights. Risa was formerly a senior research fellow with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In that role, she researched law and policy... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm GMT-03
Breakout Room 3 - Rivadavia