Seminar on Distributive Justice and World Trade Law @ SCIL [April 18]: No Registration Required

Scottish Centre for International Law (SCIL), University of Edinburgh is organising a seminar on the book Distributive Justice and World Trade Law – A Political Theory of International Trade Regulation on 18 April.

About the Seminar:

“What does justice demand in international trade regulation? And how far does the law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) respond to those demands? Claims of justice and injustice have been a recurring feature of trade politics for decades.

Whether our focus is developing countries, struggling industries, or environmental protection, distributive conflict is a pervasive feature of international economic law, as different constituencies make competing demands that cannot readily be reconciled.

Yet despite this, we lack an adequate theory of distributive justice for this domain, which can order our conflicting intuitions, integrate competing claims, and propose a standard against which the trade regime can be judged.

In his book, Distributive Justice and World Trade Law (CUP, 2017), Oisin Suttle seeks to fill that gap. Drawing on philosophical approaches to global justice, the book advances a novel theory of justice in trade regulation, and applies this to explain and critique the law of the WTO.

Integrating theoretical and doctrinal approaches, it demonstrates the potential for political theory to illuminate and inform the progressive development of WTO law, including rules on border measures, discrimination, trade remedies and domestic regulation.

Written from an interdisciplinary perspective, accessible to lawyers, philosophers and political scientists, it seeks to speak both to theorists interested in building bridges from theory to practice, and practitioners seeking new perspectives on existing problems.

The event will introduce the book and its key claims, and offers an opportunity for reflection and discussion.”

Speakers include:

Author: Dr Oisin Suttle (Queen’s University Belfast)

Discussants: Dr Euan MacDonald (Edinburgh), Dr Lea Raible (Edinburgh)

Chair: Dr Ana Maria Daza Vargas (Edinburgh)

Registration Details:

This event is free and open to all, no registration is required.

Date and Time:

Apr 18; 15:30-18:00


Raeburn Room, Old College.

Contact Details:

Tel: 0131 650 2008

For the Official Website, click here.

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