An American Perspective on NAFTA’s Past, Present, and Future

The Conference Board of Canada, August 31, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has become a pillar of the Canadian, American and Mexican economies and stands as one of the broadest, deepest free-trade agreements in human history. As the three countries enter a renegotiation of NAFTA, join dual Canadian-American citizen Raj Bhala for the historical context, current realities, and future possibilities for this crucial continent-wide agreement.

Raj will describe the origins of NAFTA and its effects on all three countries, including concerns about “overselling” its benefits. He will cover sensitive sectors in agriculture (including wheat, wine, sugar, dairy and poultry) and industry (such as aircraft, steel, and automobiles).

Raj will also discuss the eight-year NAFTA renegotiation that already took place—the Trans Pacific Partnership—and the potential starting points it offers for the issues of intellectual property, e-commerce, state-owned enterprises, labour rights, women’s rights, and environment and climate change.

Raj will even address strategic questions that could be considered heretical to ask.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get an American perspective on NAFTA from a Canadian-born expert.

Webinar Highlights

During this webinar, Raj discusses the following areas:

  • Origins and Visions for NAFTA — the 1989 Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, Mexican instability, and North American integration.
  • Effects of NAFTA – production and consumption gains, impact on trade balances and employment, and income inequality.
  • Renegotiating NAFTA – sensitive agricultural and industrial sectors, expanding NAFTA beyond goods trade to services, IP, government procurement, and dispute settlement procedures.

About Raj

Raj BhalRaj Bhala is Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law, and Rice Distinguished Professor, at the University of Kansas School of Law. A native of Toronto, Raj joined the University of Kansas in 2003 from George Washington, where he held the Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professorship, before which he began his teaching career at William & Mary.

Raj practiced at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he twice won the President’s Award for Excellence, thanks to his service as a delegate to the United Nations Conference on International Trade Law. He is International Legal Consultant for the Bahraini and Saudi Arabian offices of Blake, Cassels & Graydon (Canada).

Raj is author of one of the world’s leading textbooks in international trade law, International Trade Law: An Interdisciplinary, Non-Western Textbook, and the first treatise on GATT in nearly 50 years, Modern GATT Law. He is the first non-Muslim American scholar to write a textbook on Islamic Law, Understanding Islamic Law (Shari‘a). His newest book is on the Trans Pacific Partnership, TPP Objectively, and he is working on one on India, Business Law of Modern India.

Raj is a columnist for Bloomberg Quint.

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