An Essential Element of Fair Trade and Sustainable Development in the FTAA is an Enforceable Social Clause

By: Terry Collingsworth   Multinational companies (“MNCs”) and governments that are fantasizing about a Free Trade Area of the Americas (“FTAA”) should accept the reality that the FTAA is not politically viable for the time being unless the issues of labor rights and other social conditions are addressed in a manner demonstrating that these rights … [Read more…]

The Economic Case for Labor Standards: A Layman’s Guide

By: Thomas I. Palley   The place of labor standards in the global economy has figured prominently in recent discussions of trade and globalization. Labor standards figured prominently in the Seattle meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1999, and they promise to figure prominently in discussions about a proposed Free Trade Area of … [Read more…]

The Geography of Injustice: Borders and the Continuing Immiseration of California Agricultural Labor in Era of “Free Trade”

By: Don M. Mitchell   Why is it that when the reigning ideology governing the expansion of “free trade” is anti-regulatory”, all agree that the movement of people, or rather laborers, must be carefully regulated? Indeed, why are borders strengthened for people just as states of the Western Hemisphere embark on a thorough reconfiguration, and … [Read more…]

Better Patent Law for International Commitment- The Amendment of Chinese Patent Law

By: Jiwen Chen   On August 25, 2000, the Chinese National People’s Congress (“NPC”) passed and amendment to the Chinese Patent Law. The Chinese Patent Law was enacted in 1984 and first amended in 1992. This second Amendment, in August of 2000, was made in anticipation of China’s accession to World Trade Organization (“WTO”) and … [Read more…]

The Need for a Uniform United States Separate Accounting Policy

By: Jacqueline R. Fields   As the world begins the twenty-first century, advancement in technology and communication have caused the corporate sector to evolve constantly, resulting in the increased globalization of the marketplace. Through mergers, acquisitions and other types of transactions, a plethora of multinational corporations have emerged int he corporate arena. In order for … [Read more…]

An Oasis or Just a Mirage: The Jericho Casino and the Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

By: Edward B. Miller   More than seven years have passed since the signing of the historic peace agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (“P.L.O.”). While the final borders and powers of a Palestinian State are still being discussed by the parties to the agreement, the fact of Palestinian autonomy is an irreversible … [Read more…]

Building a Strong Subnational Debt Market

By: Paul S. Maco   Decentralization of responsibility for finance and growing infrastructure needs are two trends that are expected to stimulate a growth in government borrowing at the sub-national level. Statistics for the first half of 2000 show a significant increase in sub-national debt volume, with global public finance, excluding Canada and the United … [Read more…]

The Misappropriation Theory Under the Chinese Securities Law – A Comparative Study With its U.S. Counterpart

By: Wenyan Ma   The first stock exchange in China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, opened n December 1990. Since then, China’s securities market has been a journey of unprecedented development. However, the fledgling securities market is troubled by rampant securities fraud, evidence by Chinese officials’ open admission that investment in China’s securities market is very … [Read more…]