Edited by Sarah Joseph, David Kinley and Jeff Waincymer
This book is the culmination of a four-year project examining the relationship between the World Trade Organization and human rights. A key moment in the relationship between these regimes occurred in Seattle in December 1999. Internally, key WTO Members sought to use that meeting as the launching pad for a new Round of multilateral trade negotiations. Externally, a range of critics, including influential non-governmental organizations, engaged in public demonstrations that criticized the processes and goals of the WTO. From that time, challenges as to the consistency or otherwise of the international trade law and human rights law regimes have been debated in both public fora and scholarly circles. The politicized nature of the debate meant that much of the dialogue was polarized and rarely displayed a genuine attempt to analyze and synthesize competing arguments. Even in scholarly circles many of the criticisms directed from the trade camp towards the human rights camp and vice versa, were based on misunderstandings or at least questionable generalizations as to the norms, processes and goals of the other field. One reason for this is the historical lack of dialogue between scholars from each camp. A number of earlier worthy projects had begun to redress this. This project also aimed to do so and, to that end, a range of multidisciplinary scholars were invited to a conference in Prato, Italy, to present and debate their views, organized by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. This volume contains revised versions of those papers. Mindful of...