International trade laws include the rules, regulations and customs that govern trade between nations. They help ensure that trading partners don’t unfairly restrict the exchange of goods and services. But what influence might the business sector have on these laws?
As Canada Research Chair in International Trade Law, Dr. Manoj Mate is investigating how private actors affect the way international trade law is implemented at the domestic level. To do this, he and his research team are conducting two cross-national studies in different but intersecting regions: Asia and North America. In the first, they are examining the role that private businesses play in how international trade and development norms are implemented in World Trade Organization dispute resolution processes in India and China in the solar, textiles and agriculture sectors. In the second, they are tracing the role that industry stakeholders and lawyers play in implementing the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement’s provisions on automotive rules of origin in Canada and the US.