27 November, 6.00-8.00. Loaves and Fishes Wellington
Three of the world’s foremost critical voices on international free trade and investment agreements — Lori Wallach, Sanya Reid Smith, and Jane Kelsey — will deliver presentations and take questions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a treaty being negotiated between the United States, New Zealand, and 9 other countries on the Asia-Pacific rim.
The TPPA is one the biggest political issues facing New Zealand, but one of the least publicised and least understood, in large part because it is be
ing negotiated in secret without public oversight.
If the TPPA goes ahead, we risk major damage to our economy, our environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future.
Lori Wallach has been Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch since 1995, and has been by the Wall Street Journal as “Ralph Nader with a sense of humor”. Wallach’s work in “translating” arcane trade legalese — indeed, entire proposed international commercial agreements — into relevant, accessible prose has had significant national and international impact.
Sanya Reid Smith is a Legal Advisor and Senior Researcher at the influential NGO the Third World Network, an international coalition specializing in development issues and North-South affairs. Sanya travels the world in tireless advocacy for poor people in developing nations, on topics including access to medicines, womens’ rights and environmental sustainability.
Jane Kelsey is one of New Zealand’s best-known critical analysts and commentators on trade agreements, globalisation, and neoliberalism. Jane has taught law at the University of Auckland since 1979 and is New Zealand’s foremost critical authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.