Debating the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Perspectives from Canada, Asia and Latin America.

March 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Kaneff Tower Room 519

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Debating the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Perspectives from Canada, Asia and Latin America.

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Place: Kaneff Tower 519

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an agreement negotiated between 12 countries around the Pacific Rim, in both the Americas and Asia. It was signed in 2015 and awaits ratification by national legislatures in signatory countries, including Canada. The agreement is wide-ranging and addresses issues such as barriers to trade, intellectual property rights, labour migration, corporate regulation and dispute resolution. Many have argued that it has profound implications for a wide range of economic sectors in all signatory countries, as well as for labour and the role of the state. From a range of perspectives, the panel will discuss the pros and cons of the deal both for Canada and for countries in Asia and Latin America.

Gus Van Harten is Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. His areas of expertise include administrative law, international investment law and arbitration, and the governance of the international financial system. His most recent book was Sold Down the Yangtze: Canada's Lopsided Investment Deal with China (2015).

Lorna Wright is Associate Professor of International Business and Organization Studies at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Dr Wright is Executive Director of the Centre for Global Enterprise at Schulich, and a Faculty Associate of the York Centre for Asian Research. Her research addresses cross-cultural management, international negotiations, and the internationalization of SMEs.

Ricardo Grinspun is Associate Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University. His work focuses on the global economy and international trade, with particular reference to Latin America. He is coordinator of York’s International Development Studies program and a former director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Philip Kelly, Professor of Geography and Director, York Centre for Asian Research.

All are welcome.

Sponsored by: York Centre for Asian Research, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, and the International Development Studies Program.