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Pakistan, The Wto, And Labor Reform, Asna Afzal Dec 2006

Pakistan, The Wto, And Labor Reform, Asna Afzal

Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

This Note examines the economic and legal implications of developing nations’ membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Specifically, the article analyzes Pakistan’s labor reforms subsequent to its membership in the WTO. The Note first provides a historical background of Pakistani membership in the WTO. Next, the Note discerns that despite the lack of established WTO labor standards, developing nations face pressure to implement labor reforms incidental to trade liberalization policies. The author argues that the pressures imposed on lesser-developed countries (LDCs) such as Pakistan have, as of yet, spawned only superficial labor reforms. The final section of the ...


The Transatlantic Gmo Dispute Against The European Communities: Some Preliminary Thoughts, David A. Wirth Jul 2006

The Transatlantic Gmo Dispute Against The European Communities: Some Preliminary Thoughts, David A. Wirth

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

Any day now, a World Trade Organization panel is expected to rule in a dispute between the U.S. and the EU concerning market access for genetically-engineered foods and crops. This piece, written before the release of the WTO panel's report, analyzes novel systemic issues concerning the impact of WTO law on regulatory design, at both the national and international levels, that are raised by this dispute. These include (1) the application of WTO disciplines to regulatory schemes that require prior governmental approval to protect the environment and public health from newly-introduced products and substances; (2) the role of ...


Hydroelectric Power Production In Costa Rica And The Threat Of Environmental Disaster Through Cafta, R Victoria Lindo May 2006

Hydroelectric Power Production In Costa Rica And The Threat Of Environmental Disaster Through Cafta, R Victoria Lindo

Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

CAFTA’s ratifcation threatens Costa Rica’s environmental integrity by permitting foreign investors virtual free reign to destroy its precious waterways through environmentally unsound methods of hydroelectric power production. While CAFTA contains provisions that appear to protect the environments of the Central American signatory states, it also contains provisions similar to NAFTA’s Chapter 11, which foreign investors have used to weaken environmental laws by suing those states that have dared to enforce them. This Note explores existing environmental laws in Costa Rica governing hydroelectric power production, including its privatization. It also discusses and compares NAFTA’s Chapter 11 to ...


Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance For Workers: Broken Equipment, Jessica Schauer Apr 2006

Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance For Workers: Broken Equipment, Jessica Schauer

Boston College Third World Law Journal

In The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman argues that the convergence of various events and technologies over the past few decades have created a greater interconnectedness among individuals across the globe. One of the hallmarks of this latest wave of globalization has been the outsourcing of American jobs to foreign countries such as India. Friedman suggests that, in light of this trend, a comprehensive plan is needed to help Americans prepare for competition in the global economy. This Book Review analyzes whether the Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA), part of the Trade Act of 1974, is a viable means ...


Labor Provisions From Nafta To Cafta: Standards That Work, Or A Work In Progress?, Michael O'Donovan Jan 2006

Labor Provisions From Nafta To Cafta: Standards That Work, Or A Work In Progress?, Michael O'Donovan

Law and Justice in the Americas Working Paper Series

The emerging U.S. approach linking free trade to domestic labor protections is a practical framework on which to base substantive and procedural rights. Nevertheless, much more can be done in future agreements to improve these safeguards for workers in a way that will maximize the gains from trade and reduce the most harmful effects of development. In order to improve future agreements, the U.S. should expand access to consultations within the dispute resolution mechanism, focus complaints on core rights such as organization and bargaining, encourage the development of small independent unions in corporatist cultures, and incorporate the ILO ...


Review Of The World Trade Organization: Law, Practice And Policy, Frank J. Garcia Jan 2006

Review Of The World Trade Organization: Law, Practice And Policy, Frank J. Garcia

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

No abstract provided.


Why Trade Law Needs A Theory Of Justice, Frank J. Garcia Jan 2006

Why Trade Law Needs A Theory Of Justice, Frank J. Garcia

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

No abstract provided.


Just Trade Under Law: Do We Need A Theory Of Justice For International Trade Relations?, Frank J. Garcia Jan 2006

Just Trade Under Law: Do We Need A Theory Of Justice For International Trade Relations?, Frank J. Garcia

Boston College Law School Faculty Papers

No abstract provided.