We Need Free And Fair Trade

Law360, New York (June 15, 2017, 4:42 PM EDT) -- Are “fair trade” and “free trade” adversaries? In today’s hyper-polarized political environment, one might think so. Free traders are castigated as tools of job-killing globalization. And fair-trade advocates often are labeled as proponents of protectionism.

But enforcement of trade rules is at the core of the international trading system accepted by 164 countries, including the United States, in the World Trade Organization.

So how does one distinguish between legitimate trade enforcement actions and protectionist abuses? Key reference points are international rules and domestic law. For example,...
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