Faculty Research Profiles

JOEL TRACHTMAN – PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

Why is it that the world has spent a great deal of diplomatic capital and time working on liberalizing movement of goods and services at the WTO, but has spent little time working on liberalizing movement of people to find work? This despite the fact that the possibilities for welfare improvement and reduction of poverty from liberalizing migration are far greater than those for liberalizing movement of goods and services. Prof. Trachtman has been working on a study of liberalizing economic migration in order to try to answer these questions, and to envision the type of international law and international organization that might be useful to assist in liberalizing economic migration. His other recent work includes a leading book on the economic analysis of international law, a paper and an edited book on the constitutionalization of international law, a paper and an edited book on developing countries in the WTO legal system, an edited book on the relationship between international law and international politics, and an article on Brazil’s right under WTO law to block imports of retreaded tires from the EU. Prof. Trachtman specializes in linking international law to its political and economic rationales, and in using social scientific techniques to analyze international law.