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International Law Review Symposium

Loyola University Chicago International Law Review Conference

Assessing the New Generation of Human Rights Provisions in Free Trade Agreements

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‌Friday, February 14, 2014
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago

For more information or to register, please contact Symposium Editor Susan Lee at slee20@luc.edu.


This conference and workshop will explore current trends that use trade agreements to promote human rights and will address various areas of human rights such as labor rights, women’s rights, Internet freedom, and access to medicine.  Speakers will discuss the new types of human rights commitments as they compare to prior efforts, the effectiveness of mechanisms to bind and enforce measures of protection, and the desirability of implementing such commitments for promoting human rights in other types of free trade agreements that include multiple partners, such as the one the US is currently negotiating. The conference will feature distinguished practitioners and scholars from a variety of backgrounds. These speakers will present their ideas and comment on their experiences with human rights and free trade agreements.


Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to present this important conference at no charge for Loyola students and faculty and individuals not seeking CLE credits. For those who wish to obtain credit, registration fees are $50, or $40 for alumni. There is no charge for CLE credit for current faculty, staff, or students, and an immediate 50% fee reduction is offered for attorneys working in the areas of government or public interest. Seating is limited and registration is appreciated. Open seating will be available on a first-come basis to those who do not register.

This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 5.5 hours of General MCLE credit. The 5.5 hours include 1.5 hours of Professional Responsibility Credit, pending approval.


The Loyola University Chicago International Law Review is a semi-annual journal that focuses on current topics in international and comparative law. The journal is directed to students, academics, and practitioners in the legal community. It contributes to the general body of knowledge through publishing articles on important legal and social developments. Loyola law students edit, manage, and publish the journal, including the yearly symposium issue in which established scholars and practitioners contribute articles focusing on a contemporary issue in international law.



Friday, February 14, 2014

8:30 – 8:50 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.        

Opening Remarks

James Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Margaret Moses, Loyola University Chicago School of Law


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.        

Scholarly Address

Robert Howse, New York University School of Law


9:45 – 10:45 a.m.      

Panel #1 The Flow and Protection of Information in Trade Agreements and the Effects on Human Rights


Susan Ariel Aaronson, George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs

Cynthia Ho, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Matthew Sag, Loyola University Chicago School of Law


Topic: This panel includes a discussion of human rights protection through Internet regulation and intellectual property provisions in international trade agreements.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

11:00 – 12:30 p.m.    

Panel #2 Labor and Gender Rights in FTAs

Caiphas Chekwoti, Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa

Daniel Kovalik, United Steelworkers AFL-CIO

Kerry Rittich, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Margaret Moses, Loyola University Chicago School of Law


Topic: This panel explores labor and gender rights issues in trade agreements within the context of NAFTA, US-Colombia FTA, and Sub-Saharan African countries. 


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.



1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Panel #3 Debate: The Future of Human Rights Protection in Trade Agreements

Lorand Bartels, University of Cambridge

Meredith Kolsky Lewis, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Burcu Kilic, Public Citizen

Moderator: James Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law


Topic: This panel will engage in a debate concerning whether current trends in the US, Canada, and EU pose desirable models for pending agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

3:00-3:10 p.m.
Closing Remarks



MARGARET MOSES is the director of the International Law and Practice Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She teaches International Commercial Arbitration, International Business Transactions, International Trade Finance, European Union Law, and Contracts.  Professor Moses is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of international commercial arbitration. Her treatise on international commercial arbitration, published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press, has received favorable reviews in publications around the world. Her teaching and writings are informed by her participation as an arbitrator in arbitrations under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce, Court of Arbitration and the American Arbitration Association's International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

JAMES GATHII is the Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  Before joining Loyola, he was the associate dean for research and scholarship and the Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law at Albany Law School. His research and expertise is in the areas of public international law, international economic law, international trade law, law and development, as well as on issues of good governance and legal reform as they relate to the third world and sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Professor Gathii is an Independent Expert of the Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment, and Human Rights Violations in Africa formed by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He is a founding member of the Third World Approaches to International Law network. He serves as co-chair of the African Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, and is a member of two International Law Association Study Committees: The Study Group on the Meaning of War and the Study Group on the Principles on the Engagement of Domestic Courts in the Application of International Law. He is on the Global Faculty of the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA) in Arusha, Tanzania.


ROBERT HOWSE is the Lloyd C. Nelson Professor of International Law at NYU School of Law. Since 2000, Professor Howse has been a member of the faculty of the World Trade Institute, Berne, Master’s in International Law and Economics Programme.  He is a frequent consultant or adviser to government agencies and international organizations such as the OECD, the World Bank, UNCTAD, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Law Commission of Canada, and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  He is a contributor to the American Law Institute project on WTO Law. Professor Howse has acted as a consultant to the investor's counsel in several NAFTA investor-state arbitrations.  He is a core team member of the Renewable Energy and International Law (REIL) project, a private/public partnership that includes, among others, Yale University, the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, and the investment bank Climate Change Capital.


SUSAN ARIEL AARONSON is an associate research professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and the Minerva Chair at the National War College. She directs a seminar series on measuring the effects of the Internet on human rights, trade, economic growth and governance.  While at GWU, Professor Aaronson has received grants from the MacArthur, Ford, Swiss National Science Foundation and Ford Motor Company for her work on Internet freedom and trade, corruption, and business and human rights. She is a frequent speaker on public understanding of globalization issues and regularly appears on VOA Issues and Opinions/China to discuss US and international economic developments. She has also been a Guest Scholar in Economics at the Brookings Institution. Professor Aaronson serves on the Advisory Board for Business-Human Rights and is a Senior External Advisor to the Business and Society Team of Oxford Analytica. In recent years, she has been a pro-bono advisor to the UN Special Representative on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. She has also consulted for the ILO, the World Bank, Free the Slaves, the Ford Foundation, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the Stanley Foundation, several corporations, and the governments of Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among others.


CYNTHIA HO is the associate dean of Faculty Research and Development, the Clifford E. Vickrey Research Professor, and the director of the Intellectual Property Program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She teaches courses in Intellectual Property, including the 1L elective Global Access to Medicine: A Patent Perspective.  She also teaches Civil Procedure.  Professor Ho has been a faculty member at Loyola since 1997. In addition, she taught at Emory School of Law during Spring 2005.  Professor Ho strives to foster improved understanding of the law through a variety of means, including traditional publications, as well as providing input to government organizations, such as the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  She has written articles on various aspects of intellectual property law that have appeared in major law reviews, and been cited in several intellectual property and patent law casebooks as well as in international reports.


CAIPHAS CHEKWOTI is a trade policy economist with a bias in quantitative analysis. He is a trade policy expert at the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA) in Arusha, Tanzania, where - he manages the training department. He previously served as a lecturer at the Department of Economic Theory and Analysis, Makerere University.  He has been involved in various researches and consultancies on trade policy as well as development issues.


DANIEL KOVALIK is the senior associate general counsel of the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (USW).  While with the USW, he has served as lead counsel on cutting-edge labor law litigation, including the landmark NLRB cases of Lamons Gasket and Specialty Health Care. He has also worked on Alien Tort Claims Act cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond and Occidental Petroleum – cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia. He received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford University School of Law and was the recipient of the Project Censored Award for his article exposing the unprecedented killing of trade unionists in Colombia.  He has written extensively on the issue of international human rights and US foreign policy for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch and has lectured throughout the world on these subjects.


KERRY RITTICH is a professor at the Faculty of Law, the Women and Gender Studies Institute, and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. She teaches and writes in the areas of labor law, international law, international institutions and global governance, law and development, human rights, and gender and critical theory. She has been a Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute and a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London, and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. During 2011-2012, she was Academic Co-Director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London.

LORAND BARTELS is a University Senior Lecturer in Law in the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches international law, WTO law and EU law. Before joining Cambridge, Professor Bartels was a Lecturer in International Economic Law at the University of Edinburgh.  He has taught at several other universities, as well as the Academy of European Law (EUI), and he is a faculty member of the IELPO (Barcelona) and MILE (World Trade Institute, Bern) programs on trade law.  In 2007 he was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and an AHRC Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for International Law in Heidelberg.  Professor Bartels is a member of the ILA's International Trade Law Committee and of the Executive Council of the Society of International Economic Law, which he helped to establish.  He is a general editor of the Cambridge International Trade and Economic Law Series (CUP), an associate editor of the Journal of World Trade (Kluwer) and an editorial board member of several journals, including the Journal of International Economic Law (OUP), the Journal of International Dispute Settlement (OUP) and Legal Issues of Economic Integration (Kluwer).  Professor Bartels has acted as expert consultant to a number of countries and international organizations, including the Commonwealth Secretariat, ECOWAS, the EU and SADC and is a standing member of the advisory panel of the UK Department for International Development's Trade Advocacy Fund for developing countries.

BURCU KILIC is the legal counsel for the Global Access to Medicines Program at Public Citizen. She is an expert on legal, economic, and political issues surrounding intellectual property law, policy, development and innovation. She provides technical and legal assistance to governments and civil society groups around the world and promotes their participation in international rule making.  She has performed research and written extensively on these subjects.  She completed her PhD at Queen Mary, University of London as a School of Law Fellow, where she taught International and Comparative Patent Law and Policy. She holds Masters degrees from University of London and Stockholm University in Intellectual Property Law and Law and Information Technology. During her studies, she received numerous awards and honors from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, European Union, Swedish Institute and Central Research Fund, University of London.


MEREDITH KOLSKY LEWIS is a professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School. Her research focuses on international economic law, with a particular emphasis on international trade law and the World Trade Organization. Professor Lewis teaches public and private international law subjects, including International Trade Law and International Business Transactions. She is also the director of the Canada-United States Legal Studies Centre. Lewis joined the SUNY Buffalo Law School faculty in January 2013 from the Victoria University of Wellington Law School, where she maintains an appointment. Professor Lewis is Co-Executive Vice President and a founding member of the Society of International Economic Law; a member of the International Law Association’s International Trade Law Committee; and co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s “Law in the Pacific Rim Region” interest group.


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