After several years of near-constant upheaval in international economic relations, a new approach to trade policy is taking shape: multipurpose trade policy. This approach no longer prioritizes building an efficient international division of labour through trade liberalization but instead tries to use trade policies to directly achieve other substantive policy objectives, including lifting up workers, addressing inequality, building resilient supply chains, safeguarding national security, and advancing climate objectives.
What are the implications of the shift toward multipurpose trade policy for international trade cooperation? This in-person session featured a conversation between Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder and Nicolas Lamp, whose recent book (co-authored with Anthea Roberts), Six Faces of Globalization: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why It Matters, lays out the competing narratives about economic globalization that are informing the shift to multipurpose trade policy.
- Moderator: Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Executive Director, IISD Europe; Senior Director, Economic Law & Policy
- Nicolas Lamp, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University
**Please note this session will be available to in-person attendees only.**