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GLOBAL LAW AND POLICY FOR THE AMERICAS PRESENTS:

CONSTITUTIONALISM, TRADE, SOCIAL JUSTICE,
& SUSTAINABILITY IN THE AMERICAS:
Lessons from the 2020 Global Pandemic

International Trade in the Time of COVID-19

Even prior to the COVID-19 crisis, international trade and supply chains were stressed. Unilateral actions by governments, under the guise of national security, resulted in the use of tariffs at rates not seen since before the 1945 Bretton Woods agreements. Specifically, the trade war between the U.S. and China is not new, having been the topic of several WTO disputes around Chinese dumping of steel and tires into the U.S. market. However, in the last four years, the U.S. has taken a unilateral approach in addressing its challenges with China which has infiltrated in other areas of trade, such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) resulting in the ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) (USMCA, Art, 32.10 on negotiating with a non-market economy). The Pandemic has worsened trade relations more generally, as countries use export restrictions to limit exporting necessary medical equipment and masks, stressing the flow of these goods across international supply chains. This discussion will address these issues, consider the future of international trade in this climate, and examine areas for reform in the trade legal framework that better addresses global crises and reinvigorates collaboration.

WEBINAR SERIES

March 18
10-11am US CST; 16:00 – 17:00 Rome

Sabrina Ragone, University of Bologna
Frank Garcia
Gabrielle Marceau, University of Geneva and WTO
Elizabeth Trujillo, University of Houston

CHAIR: Sabrina Ragone, University of Bologna
MODERATOR and DISCUSSANT: Frank Garcia, Boston College Law School
SPEAKER: Gabrielle Marceau, University of Geneva and WTO
DISCUSSANT: Elizabeth Trujillo, University of Houston

ORGANIZERS

Elizabeth Trujillo
Mary Ann & Lawrence E. Faust Professor of Law
Founding Director, Global Law & Policy for the Americas

Sabrina Ragone
Professor of Comparative Law, University of
Bologna Center for Latin American Studies

SPONSORS
Global Law and Policy for the Americas, University of Houston Law Center
• University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies
• American Society of International Law – Latin American Interest Group

GLPA
CENTRO STUDI SULL'AMERICA LATINA
CENTRO STUDI SULL'AMERICA LATINA
 American Society of Internation Law
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