Professor James Gathii will speak on Dec. 5 at the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner's event "People at the Centre: Human Rights in Global Economics and Development." The keynote at the event, a commemoration of the 25
th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development, will be Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Laureate in economics and a professor at Columbia University.
Professor Gathii will discuss the right to development and human rights in the context of the proliferation of regional trade agreements between countries. His latest book,
African Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes (Cambridge University Press), is an analysis of the impact of these trade agreements between African nations, contrasting the more flexible agreements with other contemporary trade models such as NAFTA or the European Union.
The event at the UN comes on the heels of Professor Gathii's recent presentation of his paper "Human Rights and Other Implications of Extractive Industry Activities in Africa" at the First Meeting of the African Commission of Human and Peoples' Rights Working Group on Extractive Industries, Environment and Human Rights Violations in Africa. The meeting took place in Nairobi, Kenya.
As the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and the Governor George E. Pataki Chair of International Commercial Law at Albany Law School in New York state, Professor Gathii’s research and expertise spans the areas of public international law, international economic law, international intellectual property and trade law, as well as on issues of good governance and legal reform as they relate to the third world and sub-Saharan Africa in particular.
Professor Gathii’s publications include
War, Commerce and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2010), as well as more than 50 articles and book chapters. In addition to teaching at Albany Law School, he has taught courses at the Trade Policy Training Institute in Africa, based in Tanzania, for the past four years. He also spent a sabbatical from 2007 to 2008 in Kenya doing research and visiting as part of the University of Nairobi's Faculty of Law; during that time he also wrote a column for
Business Daily (Africa), to which he still contributes.
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