Will the status-quo trade order survive, implode, or be reformed?
From the campaign trail to his unrelenting tweets, President Trump has made clear that he thinks trade pacts are rigged against American interests, causing many to wonder about the fate of the liberal world order. Please join Roosevelt fellow and political scientist Todd N. Tucker and TIME Magazine’s Haley Edwards on May 10 for a conversation and book launch that takes stock of where we are, and considers how we might construct an international regime that supports democracy, transparency, and shared growth.
Tucker’s latest book, Judge Knot, looks at one of the most successful and controversial elements of the existing regime: investor-state dispute settlement. This legal regime allows multinational investors to sue sovereign governments over labor, environmental, and consumer protections outside of national courts. Once obscure, hundreds of such lawsuits have been launched in recent years, now outpacing the activity of more conventional international courts. Based on five years of interviews and research, Judge Knot looks at how this system came to be, why companies and arbitrators participate in it, and why it survives in the face of growing criticism.
With glowing advance reviews and previews published in Democracy Journal, Politico, Lawfare, Monkey Cage, and beyond, Judge Knot (and this conversation) helps make sense of a chaotic global landscape.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Doors open at 5:00 PM
Discussion begins promptly at 5:30 PM
Reception at 6:30 PM
Wine and refreshments served
570 Lexington Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10022