How Sugar Created Modern International Markets

How Sugar Created Modern International Markets

Thursday, August 27, 2015 | Noon | King Hall, Rm. 1301 | Open to the Public

Michael Fakhri, University of Oregon School of Law

How did we turn biomass into a global commodity? People around the world have been trading amongst each other long before the advent of international trade law and modern multilateral institutions. Nonetheless, most scholars and policy-makers take for granted that international trade should be regulated through a multilateral institution such as the World Trade Organization. By tracing the story of sugar and multilateral trade institutions (1902-1977), Michael Fakhri provides insight into how people constructed some of our earliest modern international markets.

Michael Fakhri teaches courses on international economic law, food and agricultural law, and sustainable development at the University of Oregon School of Law.