November 9, 2016

05:30:00 PM - 07:00:00 PM

Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for Policy Studies
1301 Connecticut Ave. NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

The election is over. Racism, xenophobia, corporate greed, climate change, inequities and inequality — too name just a few challenges — are still with us.

So how do we maintain our collective momentum and what are our next steps to positively transform our nation after the ballots are counted?

Join our informed and dynamic panel and be a participating audience member as we discuss and interact with some of these issues and the movements struggling to transform them. We need to come together and immediately begin action steps for the next four years and beyond.


Moderated by John Cavanagh, Director of IPS.

Please RSVP

October 25, 2016

06:00:00 PM - 07:00:00 PM


121 Cannon House Office Building
27 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C., 20003

International trade and migration are fundamental and interrelated components of globalization that have the potential to improve the lives of working families. For far too long, however, trade and immigration policies have prioritized corporate interests over good jobs and worker rights.

Since the implementation of the NAFTA in 1994, corporate-driven free trade agreements have undermined workers' bargaining power, disrupted rural economies, and displaced whole communities in developing countries. Millions of workers have been driven from their homes and families, often undertaking difficult journeys in search of work abroad, where their status is precarious and they are likely to face abuse, exploitation and discrimination.

Now politicians and corporations seek to repeat the failed policies of the past by implementing the TPP, a massive trade deal between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. The TPP would repeat and expand economic rules that destabilize communities, perpetuate low wages and undermine labor rights—all of which are factors driving forced migration.

The TPP broadly fails migrant workers in three ways: (1) It would displace working people and contribute to forced migration; (2) Its labor provisions would not adequately address ongoing violations of migrants' human and labor rights; and (3) It would further empower corporate and investor interests potentially undermining efforts to win immigration reform and strong labor laws. Although the TPP puts all the downside risk on the most vulnerable, saving its strongest protections for global corporations, it doesn't have to be this way.  Different trade rules could promote commerce while advancing the working poor and building shared prosperity. 

This briefing will feature testimony from community and labor leaders, and immigration and trade policy experts. Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public and media are invited to attend this important briefing.


  • Celeste Drake, AFL-CIO Trade and Globalization Specialist (moderator)
  • Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO
  • Alex Main, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Abel Núñez, Alianza Americas, CARECEN-DC

October 6, 2016

04:00:00 PM - 06:00:00 PM

Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for Policy Studies
1301 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

On August 31st, the rightwing forces in Brazil impeached President Dilma Rousseff on spurious grounds thus setting back the Workers' Party's social justice programs and implementing an austerity program that will most gravely affect the working class and the largest Afro descent population outside of Nigeria. Afro-Brazilians  suffer some of the most blatantly egregious poverty, racism and discrimination in the world, including being subjected to the highest official police murder rates of Black youth (6-7 daily as recently reported by the Washington Post).

The overwhelmingly white protests backing the ouster of the President, combined with attacks by the right wing all white male Temer government that had dismantled the Special Ministry against racial discrimination, reveal the racial divide within the current political crisis.

Hear from our panelists about the lead-up to the coup and what the social justice movements in Brazil need from us. The discussion will recount how race and class in Brazil are nearly indistinguishable and the various ways the weight of reactionary policies will fall heaviest on the country's predominantly Black and low-income populations.


  • Azadeh Shahshahani is Legal and Advocacy Director with Project South and a past president of the National Lawyers Guild. In July, Shahshahani served as a juror for the International Tribunal on Democracy in Brazil.

  • Aline Cristiane Piva, is a Brazilian political analyst on media relations in Brazil and a Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. She has a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, UnB, Brazil.

  • Alex Main is Senior Associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) whose work focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean. Alex just returned from Brazil, meeting with many social movement leaders.

Please RSVP.

Co-sponsors: Institute for Policy Studies, National Lawyers Guild DC-Chapter,

September 30, 2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

III Encuentro Latinoamericano Progresista 2016

Mesa Redonda 9
Desafíos económicos de América Latina: la construcción de la justicia social y la equidad

Auditorio principal de la CIESPAL
Quito, Ecuador

1. Patricio Rivera, Ministro Coordinador de la Política Económica (Ecuador)

2. Ana María Larrea, Presidenta de la Comisión de Formación Política del Movimiento Alianza PAIS

3. Mark Weisbrot, Economista (Estados Unidos)

4. Pabel Muñoz, Presidente del Instituto de Pensamiento Político del Movimiento Alianza PAIS

5. Armando Uribe, Encargado de la Secretaria Exterior del Partido Socialista (Chile).

Modera: Jorge Jurado, Ex Embajador del Ecuador en Alemania.

September 27, 2016

05:00:00 PM - 06:00:00 PM

Capitol Visitors Center, Congressional Meeting Room South

Capitol Visitors Center, Congressional Meeting Room South
First St NE
Washington, DC 20515

Screening of the film "The Same Heart," which makes the economic and moral case for raising funds from financial transactions to address the pressing needs of our most vulnerable children. Following the film excerpt, there will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers Len and GeorgiaMorris, Reid Maki of the Child Labor Coalition, Karen Orenstein of Friends of the Earth and Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy and Research on how a very small fee on Wall Street trades could serve as an investment in our future: raising new revenue to support our communities, making financial markets work for everyone, and providing funds to not only address our domestic needs but also to tackle global crises like hunger, infectious disease, and climate change.

September 21, 2016

01:30:00 PM

The National Press Club


The National Press Club
Bloomberg Room
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will launch its 2016 Trade and Development Report (TDR), one of the UN's flagship publications on Sept. 21 at the National Press Club. Elissa Braunstein, senior economist at UNCTAD, and Dean Baker, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will be speaking at the event.

Some of the issues examined in this year's TDR include:

• The slowdown in global growth and the failure, in particular, of advanced economies to fashion a balanced policy mix to boost demand, raise productivity growth and achieve fairer outcomes. But the slowdown could intensify as downside risks increase in developing countries.

• The politicisation of trade. The Report focuses on the slowdown in trade, which it sees as a demand side problem, linked to wages lagging productivity across the global economy. Increased protectionism (whether rising tariffs or non-tariff measures) does not offer an explanation for this slowdown (as, for example, the WTO has been arguing), and runs the danger of diverting attention from what does.

• The erosion of the profit-investment nexus. "Financialization" has weakened the investment climate, in particular the reinvestment of profits in productive investment. This has been the case in advanced economies for some time, where corporations have been using higher profits to pay dividends, repurchase share and invest in financial instruments. This is becoming visible in emerging economies.

• A concern that debt crises could resurface in the developing world given the combination of slower growth, falling commodity prices, highly volatile capital flows and the prospect (without predicting when) of rising interest rates.

• The revival of industrial policies, in developed and developing countries alike. The approach needs to move beyond picking winners to thinking about an integrated policy approach in support of linkage building.

For more information on this event, contact elissa.braunstein[at]unctad.org.

September 13, 2016

11:00:00 PM

The New York Society for Ethical Culture

The New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street
New York, NY

Screening of the film "The Same Heart," which makes the economic and moral case for raising funds from financial transactions to address the pressing needs of our most vulnerable children. Following the film excerpt, there will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers Len and GeorgiaMorris, Reid Maki of the Child Labor Coalition, Karen Orenstein of Friends of the Earth and Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy and Research on how a very small fee on Wall Street trades could serve as an investment in our future: raising new revenue to support our communities, making financial markets work for everyone, and providing funds to not only address our domestic needs but also to tackle global crises like hunger, infectious disease, and climate change.

July 20, 2016

04:30:00 PM - 06:00:00 PM

Amazon Watch and the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Amazon Watch / CIEL Conference Room 
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW #1100
Washington, D.C., 20036

President Dilma Rousseff has been temporarily suspended from office and is facing a political trial in Brazil's senate promoted primarily by politicians implicated in corruption scandals. A permanent replacement of Brazilian President Rouseff by the reactionary, evangelical, rightwing government of Michel Temer would imply serious social and environmental consequences for the country and the whole region.

Members of Temer's interim government have backed complete deregulation of environmental impact studies for any infrastructure project, while a recent nominee of a military General to head Brazil's indigenous agency (FUNAI) has spurred national protest. Temer also approved new legislation to allow fumigation of pesticides without regulation, even in urban areas, among other measures to cut social investments in education, healthcare and housing.

About the Presenter:

Maria Luisa Mendonca is director of Brazil's Network for Social Justice and Human Rights. She is also a professor in the international relations department at the University of Rio de Janeiro. She was recently published in The Progressive and interviewed on Democracy Now!

June 28, 2016

01:45:00 PM - 03:15:00 PM


815 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

The rise of the WTO and other trade agreements coincided with the rise of neoliberal economics in the West. What is the relationship between the two? What does the evidence show about the impact of neoliberal trade agreements on jobs, wages, consumer demand, monopoly power, and income inequality? Is the economic modeling used by the U.S. International Trade Commission, a good predictor of outcomes from FTAs? What is the impact of neoliberal trade deals on worker bargaining power? Does Trade Adjustment Assistance adequately compensate those harmed by U.S. trade policy? Are the rules proposed in the TPP, TTIP and TISA the right ones to advance shared prosperity?

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Thomas Palley, AFL-CIO

Rob Scott, Economic Policy Institute

Joseph Guzman, Michigan State University

Moderator: Thea Lee, AFL-CIO

June 15, 2016

10:30:00 PM - 12:30:00 AM

Friends of the Earth


1101 15th St, NW, 11th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

Free screening of The Same Heart, a documentary that follows the stark effects of inequality on the world's children, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Len Morris and economist Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. 

The Robin Hood Tax — a miniscule tax on the trades of stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments -- is widely seen as a promising source of funds to help developing countries take climate action. France capitalized on its presidency at the Paris COP to push for a Robin Hood Tax as an innovative source of climate finance. And now France and 9 other European countries are on the cusp of establishing the world's first regional Robin Hood Tax. Additionally, the finance ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), a group of highly climate change-vulnerable developing countries, have called for an FTT "to meet the urgent finance mobilization needs of climate action."

With vivid and often beautiful footage of hard places to grow up in, The Same Heart is shot in eleven countries, including the US. The film gathers a growing number of global economists, joining their voices with moral leaders, to propose an extremely small tax on Wall Street financial transactions -- popularly known as the "Robin Hood Tax." This tax would place the needs of children at the heart of the global financial system in an age of environmental crisis.

The event is sponsored by Child Labor Coalition, Friends of the Earth US, Institute for Policy Studies, International Labor Rights Forum, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, National Nurses United, and Public Citizen.

May 29, 2016

08:15:00 PM - 09:45:00 PM

Roundtable at LASA2016

May 29, 2016
4:15 to 5:45pm

This roundtable takes 15 years of governments challenging the neoliberal model as an opportune time to examine the results of divergent national strategies in the 21st century. Mexico and Honduras (especially after the 2009 military coup) have both followed a neoliberal, conservative model, including privatization of publicly held resources and increasing economic and political integration with the United States. In contrast, various nations dubbed "the pink tide" such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil, have each ventured onto different paths that include such changes as an emphasis on social and economic inclusion of previously marginalized populations for national development, increased public investment and social programs, financial reforms and less independent central banks, and internationally, promoting south to south relations and foreign policies independent of the United States. The six-member roundtable divides exactly in half, with three members having expertise in one of these two contrasting strategies.

Panel Chair:

Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic Policy and Research


  • T M Scruggs, TheRealNews.com

  • Miguel R Tinker Salas, Pomona College

  • John M Ackerman, Institute for Legal Research/UNAM

  • Irma Eréndira E Sandoval Ballesteros, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  • Suyapa G Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College

More information is available on the LASA2016 site.

May 28, 2016

06:45:00 PM - 07:15:00 PM


Penguin Random House, Booth 111
Americas Hall I
New York Hilton Midtown Hotel
New York, NY 10019

Alexander Main and Dan Beeton will sign copies of "The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire."

May 28, 2016

04:45:00 PM - 06:15:00 PM

Roundtable at LASA2016

May 28, 2016
12:45 to 2:15pm

In 2009 and 2010, Wikileaks released over 250,000 classified cables from U.S. diplomatic missions worldwide. Initially, the cables received intense media coverage that often focused on revelations of potentially illegal or embarrassing conduct by foreign officials. Since then, few reporters or scholars have shown much interest in the cables. Over the past five years, only a tiny number of Wikileaks cable citations have appeared in leading U.S. academic journals.

Have the Wikileaks cables received the attention they deserve? Have we assimilated what the cables can teach us about U.S. foreign policy in action? Are the research opportunities offered by the Wikileaks cache of cables being fully exploited?

We will address these questions from a variety of perspectives, focusing on the Wikileaks trove of cables from Latin America. First, we will offer a critical assessment of media coverage of the Latin America cables, in the U.S. and the rest of the region, and academia's use of these cables. We will then look at how the cables shed new light on "soft" forms of U.S. political intervention in the region, based on research undertaken for the Latin America chapters in The WikiLeaks Files. Finally, we will draw from recent research in the area of U.S.-Mexico relations to examine what the cables tell us about U.S. security assistance to Mexico and the human rights vetting of Mexican security agents by the U.S. State Department.

Panel chair:

Alexander Main, Center for Economic and Policy Research


  • Keane Bhatt

  • Dan Beeton, Center for Economic and Policy Research

  • Jesse Franzblau

May 27, 2016

9:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Las relaciones de América Latina y el Caribe con Estados Unidos se encuentran en un período de reconfiguración que responde a dinámicas diversas y planos superpuestos en los cuales, como mínimo, confluyen el sistema de relaciones internacionales, la pluralidad de las políticas internas y externas de los estados-naciones y sus interacciones, las conexiones y acciones de actores regionales y extra-regionales, de organismos multilaterales, gubernamentales y no gubernamentales, trasnacionales, lícitos e ilícitos. Al mismo tiempo, la región de América Latina y el Caribe en su diversidad y pluralidad está reacomodando sus posiciones y, sumergida en la búsqueda de soluciones a problemas acuciantes, ha creado espacios regionales y subregionales de diferentes signos y con énfasis diversos. Este panel busca analizar y exponer algunas lecturas sobre esta complejidad regional atendiendo a las orientaciones de política exterior que son gestadas de Estados Unidos hacia el hemisferio occidental a través de distintos enfoques regionales.

Sponsor: Latin American Perspectives (LAP)

Session Organizer: Daniela C Castorena Sánchez, Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México

Chair: Jaime Zuluaga, Universidad Externado de Colombia

Las relaciones hemisféricas y su manifestación en las Cumbres de las Américas del siglo XXI: Leandro A Morgenfeld, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Las políticas de Estados Unidos hacia América Latina y el Caribe: una mirada después del restablecimiento de sus relaciones oficiales con Cuba: Luis Suárez Salazar, Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales

The next U.S. president and Latin America: an analysis of possible scenarios for U.S. hemispheric relations during the next U.S. presidential administration: Alexander Main, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Los cuatro pilares de la Política Exterior de Estados Unidos en el Hemisferio Occidental: un acercamiento crítico desde el caso mexicano: Daniela C Castorena Sánchez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Discussant: Santiago Espinosa Bejerano, Centro de Investigaciones de Política Internacional

May 19, 2016

03:00:00 PM

Private Fund Conference and Report: "Public Pension Plans and Private Funds — Common Goals, Conflicting Interests" featuring CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum

Lowell Milken Institute and UCLA School of Law

UCLA School of Law, Room 1457

Public pension plans remain the most significant investors in private equity funds and hedge funds today. Historically, plan trustees have invested in these funds to boost their returns — a critical goal for the beneficiaries of these plans. Renewed attention has been focused recently on the costs and expenses incurred by public pension plans when they entrust their beneficiaries' saving with private funds.

This year's Private Fund Conference, sponsored by the Lowell Milken Institute and UCLA School of Law, will address a number of pressing issues that impact the legal obligations of both the public plans and the alternative investment firms that they retain.

May 11, 2016

11:00:00 PM - 12:00:00 AM

Book Talk: "Failed: What the ‘Experts' Got Wrong About the Global Economy"

Hosted by the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois-Chicago

Pop Up Just Art Gallery (PUJA)
729 Maxwell St
Chicago, IL 60607

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 6:00 PM (CDT)

Mark Weisbrot at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), will give a talk on his new book, Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong About the Global Economy. The book analyzes long-term economic failures, from the Eurozone to developing countries. It shows how political agendas are often at the root of long-term economic failures and — as in the Eurozone — can prolong financial crisis unnecessarily. A Q&A session will follow the talk.

Please RSVP here, seating is limited.

May 10, 2016

10:30:00 PM - 12:00:00 AM

Public Policy Lecture Series
Department of Public Policy and Administration
National Louis University
Chicago Campus
122 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60603

May 10, 2016
5:30—7:00PM (CDT)

Why has the Eurozone ended up with an unemployment rate more than twice that of the United States more than six years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers? Why did the vast majority of low- and middle-income countries suffer a prolonged economic slowdown in the last two decades of the 20th century? What was the role of the International Monetary Fund in these economic failures? Why was Latin America able to achieve substantial poverty reduction in the 21st century after more than two decades without any progress?

"Failed: What the 'Experts' Got Wrong About the Global Economy" (Oxford University Press, 2015)" analyzes these questions, explaining why these important economic developments of recent years have been widely misunderstood and in some cases almost completely ignored. First, in the Eurozone, Mark Weisbrot argues that the European authorities' political agenda, which included shrinking the welfare state, reducing healthcare, pension and other social spending, and reducing the bargaining power of labor played a very important role in prolonging the Eurozone's financial crisis and its lapse into years of recession and mass unemployment. This conclusion is based not only on public statements of European officials, but also on thousands of pages of documentation from consultations between the IMF and European governments after 2008.

The second central theme of "Failed" is that there are always practical alternatives to extended economic failure. Drawing on the history of other financial crises, recessions, and recoveries, Weisbrot argues that regardless of initial conditions, there have been and remain economically feasible choices for governments of the Eurozone to greatly reduce unemployment—including the hardest-hit, the crisis-ridden country of Greece.

The long-term economic failure of developing countries, its social consequences, as well as the subsequent recovery in the first decade of the 21st century, constitute the third part of the book's narrative, one that has previously gotten too little attention. We see why the International Monetary Fund has lost influence in middle-income countries. "Failed" also examines the economic causes and consequences of Latin America's "second independence" and rebound in the 21st century, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.


Register here.

May 10, 2016

09:00:00 PM - 10:00:00 PM

HostsBrazilian Expats for Democracy


815 16th St., N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20006


Brazilian Expats for Democracy (BED) is a Washington DC area-based group working to raise awareness about the current political crisis in Brazil and the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

The goals of this discussion are twofold; first, to critically analyze the dominant narrative surrounding the ongoing impeachment process; and second, to highlight different perspectives on the current crisis that have so far received significantly less mainstream media attention, including those from intellectual, feminist and youth. 

This discussion will promote a more comprehensive perspective on the complexities of Brazil's recent development trajectory and current social struggle, and the possible consequences of the politically-motivated change that is unfolding rapidly and without adequate and balanced public debate and consent.


Keynote Speaker


Cathy Feingold

Director of International Affairs, AFL-CIO



Ricardo Carneiro

Executive Director for Brazil, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)


Alex Main

Senior Associate for International Policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)


Mariana Joffily

Professor, History Department, University of Santa Catarina, Brazil


James Early

Former Director of Cultural Heritage Policy at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institute; Ph. D. in Latin American and Caribbean History

May 10, 2016

04:15:00 PM - 05:30:00 PM

"Trends in Domestic Outsourcing in the United States" featuring CEPR's Eileen Appelbaum

Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Washington Center for Equitable Growth
1500 K St. NW, Suite 850
Washington, D.C. 20005
(Entrance on 15th Street)

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth would like to invite you to the next installment in our new academic seminar series. 

Our next seminar will take place on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 12:15PM to 1:30PM. Professor Rosemary Batt of Cornell University, and currently visiting at Equitable Growth, and Eileen Appelbaum, senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will present a research agenda to analyze trends in "domestic outsourcing" in the United States. They examine firms' use of contractors and independent contractors and how this affects job quality and inequality. If you would like to read the paper in advance, you can find it here.

Please contact Carmen Ye at cye [at] equitablegrowth.org to RSVP by May 5, 2016. We will serve lunch starting at 12:15 p.m., and the program will start promptly at 12:30 p.m. Due to building security, RSVP is required.

May 2, 2016

11:30:00 PM

Panel Discussion on Income Inequality

Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston

Leventhal-Sidman JCC
333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

Seven years after the depths of the financial crisis, Wall Street and the 1% have mostly recovered. Yet wages for the ordinary American have barely risen. Reducing income inequality is no longer just an economic issue or debate topic in the current presidential primaries; it is a "moral imperative." Or is it? Experts from all sides of the issue discuss what income inequality means for America during a panel discussion on Monday, May 2, at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton.

Moderating the conversation will be Roger Lowenstein, former Wall Street Journal reporter and bestselling author (When Genius Failed; The End of Wall Street; Buffett — The Making of an American Capitalist). Panelists are:

Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. and author of Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better Bargain for Working People and The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive. His blog, Beat the Press, provides commentary on economic reporting.

N. Gregory Mankiw, Professor of Economics at Harvard University. His research includes work on monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. His published articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Fortune. He has been an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office.

Dr. Kim Weeden, Director of the Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell University. She studies rising income inequality; social class, gender, and race-based differences in educational attainment; and gender inequality in the labor market. Her research has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Harvard Business Review.

Mind the Gap: Income Inequality in America is part of the Jonathan Samen Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations Discussion Series at the JCC — a program of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. Tickets are $18. Visit www.bostonjcc.org/hotbuttons or contact 866-811-4111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

April 29, 2016

01:00:00 PM - 10:00:00 PM

Rules, Rights and Resistance: The Battle Over TPP and TTIP at The New School featuring CEPR's Dean Baker.

The New School

The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

Cast as "trade agreements", a momentous re-writing and consolidation of the basic rules governing the global economy is being pursued across the globe. At play is much more than "trade". Driven by commercial interest and industry associations, the rules in these agreements - like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), and TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - cover core elements of politics and economics, including investment, dispute resolution, intellectual property, public procurement policy and much more. As such, they can both re-shape and lock-in the reach and power of multinational corporations; the lines between public and private; the role and efficacy of governance globally and nationally; and the enormous power imbalances among classes, regions and countries. Done in secrecy, they threaten to undermine hard-won basic citizen rights - to open government, access to justice, livelihoods and a stable and healthy environment.

Bringing together noted academics and advocates, "Rules, Rights and Resistance" presents a day-long exploration of what is at play in the struggle over "trade agreements": what they portend, the resistances they have generated, and the horizons for rewriting and implementing alternative rules.

The event is no cost, although registration is required.