In the wake of Trump’s election to the US presidency, the “losers” from globalization have received unprecedented attention. While few would contest that manufacturing workers in developed countries have lost out over the past decades, the remedies proposed by President Trump have been met with a mixture of concern and ridicule by the trade establishment. And yet, it seems clear that, at least in the Western world, politicians and trade officials are no longer able to convince voters that international economic agreements will “lift all boats”.

President Trump signing the executive orders on TPP exit

Instead, those engaged in debates about trade policy will need to be open about the fact that economic globalization creates both winners and losers. This talk will present the contending narratives about the winners and losers from globalization and will explore their implications for the redesign of international economic agreements.

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Nicolas Lamp joined the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University as an Assistant Professor in 2014. Lamp previously worked as a Dispute Settlement Lawyer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization, where he advised the Members of the Appellate Body on legal issues arising in appellate proceedings under the WTO's dispute settlement mechanism. Lamp received his PhD in Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2013. His doctoral thesis on "Lawmaking in the Multilateral Trading System" investigates the origins and implications of the discourses, practices and techniques that shape international lawmaking in the trade context. His 2011 article "Conceptions of War and Paradigms of Compliance: The 'New War' Challenge to International Humanitarian Law" was awarded the American Society of International Law's 2012 Francis Lieber Prize for outstanding scholarship in the field of the law of armed conflict. In 2016, Assistant Professor Lamp was awarded the Stanley M. Corbett Award for Teaching Excellence by the Law Students’ Society.