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2006

International Trade Law

Boston College Law School

Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

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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 ...


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 ...