The Edinburgh Centre for Global and International Law presents:

‘How Should We Think about the Winners and Losers from Globalization? Three Narratives and Their Implications for the Redesign of International Economic Agreements’

Dr Nicolas Lamp, Queen’s University

Commentator: Dr Akbar Rasulov, University of Glasgow.

Virtual seminar, 5 November 2020, 4pm-6pm, UK local time. Joining details to be sent to those who register.

About the seminar:
In the wake of Trump’s election to the US presidency, the “losers” from globalization have received unprecedented attention. While few would contest that manufacturing workers in developed countries have lost out over the past decades, the remedies proposed by President Trump have been met with a mixture of concern and ridicule by the trade establishment. And yet, it seems clear that, at least in the United States, politicians and trade officials are no longer able to convince voters that international economic agreements will “lift all boats”. Instead, those engaged in debates about trade policy will need to be open about the fact that international economic agreements create both winners and losers. The article to which Dr Lamp will speak identifies three narratives about who those winners and losers are. It argues that the contestation between these three narratives is not one that can be resolved through empirical analysis, but that the narratives instead contain irreducible normative elements. In it, Dr Lamp further explores the implications of these narratives for the redesign of international economic agreements.

The paper is available on Oxford Academic European Journal of International Law


This event is free and open to all, but registration is required: Register on Zoom