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.