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Berger International Speaker Series with Y. S. Lee – Weaponizing International Trade in Political Disputes: Issues Under International Economic Law and Systemic Risks

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Hughes Hall, Cornell Law School, Zhu Faculty Lounge (L28) 241 Campus Rd, Ithaca, NY 14853

Please join us for a lunchtime seminar given by our guest Y.S. Lee, Director of the Law and Development Institute.

SEMINAR: Weaponizing International Trade in Political Disputes: Issues Under International Economic Law and Systemic Risks

DATE: Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

TIME: 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

LOCATION: L28 – Zhu Faculty Lounge, Hughes Hall, Cornell Law School

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The Seminar: Weaponizing International Trade in Political Disputes: Issues Under International Economic Law and Systemic Risks

In recent years, the world’s largest economies and traders – the United States, China, and Japan – have chosen to use measures affecting international trade as a means to achieve political objectives in contravention of the rules of international economic law and the practices of international trade established over several decades. Since the end of World War II, the world economy and international trade have rapidly expanded and prospered by achieving a degree of separation between international trade and political struggles under the rule-based international trading system, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and its successor, the World Trade Organization. Thus, the recent misuses of trade measures by the world’s largest traders are alarming, because they undermine the stability of the world trading system, which has been maintained for the past several decades.

Professor Lee accounts politically-motivated trade measures (‘PTMs’) recently invoked by the United States, China, and Japan, assesses their incompatibilities with the rules of international economic law, and also examines the risks that these PTMs pose to the world trading system.

About our Distinguished Guest: Y.S. Lee

Y.S. Lee is a lawyer, economist, and international relations scholar with internationally-recognized authority in law and development and international trade law. He is currently Director and Professorial Fellow of the Law and Development Institute and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law. He has also taught and conducted academic research at prominent universities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia for twenty years. He graduated with a degree in economics and academic distinction from the University of California at Berkeley and received law degrees from the University of Cambridge (B.A., M.A., Ph.D). He is licensed to practice law in multiple jurisdictions, including the United States (California and North Carolina) and the United Kingdom.

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Law School, Economics, International and Comparative Labor, East Asia Program, China and Asia-Pacific Studies, Institute of Politics and Global Affairs




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