Haley Sweetland Edwards at the Museum of American Finance's Lunch and Learn Series

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
12:30pm — 1:30pm
Museum of American Finance
48 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005


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How do courts decide when international trade is legal or not? Join us for a lunchtime event with journalist Haley Sweetland Edwards on her new book, Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade, part of the Lunch and Learn series at the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. A ticket is $5, includes museum admission and is available for advance online purchase here; members and students are free. Feel free to bring your lunch.

(212) 908-4110

About Shadow Courts: Arbitration tribunals are buried in thousands of trade treaties, linking more than 179 countries. Called Investor-State Dispute Settlements, or ISDS, these tribunals allow private corporations to sue sovereign nations if they believe terms of a treaty were violated. In 2010, tobacco giant Philip Morris International used arbitration tribunals to sue Sierra Leone and Uruguay for putting health-warning labels on cigarette packages, and it has gone on to file suits against Australia and the European Union.

Between 1959 and 1990, only about two dozen ISDS cases were brought; in the last few years, it’s averaged forty cases a year, and 549 total. ISDS is included in giant trade pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which if passed would mean a huge boon for corporations to challenge the power of sovereign countries, and especially small and impoverished ones. Time correspondent Haley Sweetland Edwards goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the most outrageous recent arbitration cases, and takes a hard look at the power these shadow courts hold over the world.

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How do courts decide when international trade is legal or not? Join us for a lunchtime event with journalist Haley Sweetland Edwards on her new book, Shadow Courts: The Tribunals that Rule Global Trade, part of the Lunch and Learn series at the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street. The talk will be followed by a Q&A… more

Museum of American Finance
48 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

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