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International Law Colloquium Series: Michael Fakhri

About the event:

International Law Colloquium Series Presents:

The Way Forward on Agriculture:
Revisiting International Commodity Agreements 

12:15-2:15 pm, Borchard
S.J. Quinney College of Law


Michael Fakhri
University of Oregon; Assistant Professor of Law. Michael Fakhri's academic interests are in international economic law with an emphasis on questions of development. He is currently working on a historical examination of the sugar trade and its relationship to the creation of multilateral trade institutions. He is also a faculty member of the Environmental and Natural Resource Program where he co-leads the Food Resiliency Project.

Professor Fakhri's other research interests include Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), trade and development in the Middle East, public international law, international legal history, legal accounts of imperialism, and law and globalization.

Professor Fakhri received his doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, LL.M. from Harvard Law School, LL.B. from Queen's University, and B.Sc in biology from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Professor Fakhri began his legal career with one of Canada's leading business law firms, later shifting to a practice in social justice advocacy.


"The Way Forward on Agriculture? Revisiting International Commodity Agreements"
Officials and communities from developing countries are frustrated with the WTO Doha Development Round. One of the main reasons is because there is a deadlock over issues regarding agriculture. Very few foresee any institutional changes on a global scale.  In fact, the trend seems to be moving towards institutionalizing international trade through bilateral and regional agreements.
In this paper, I want to generate more ways to reimagine the global multilateral institutionalization of trade law that policy-makers and communities in developing countries may want to explore.  I do so by providing an institutional history of trade law since the Second World War that is broader than is usually found in orthodox histories of trade law. Thus, my account begins with the creation of the International Trade Organization (ITO) in 1948 and trace how the ITO fragmented into individual International Commodity Agreements (ICAs), the General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT), and what would eventually become the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). A richer historical institutional repertoire can therefore provide more options for the future and encourage policy makers to revisit institutions such as ICAs and UNCTAD. 

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