Hosted at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and CSIS, this second event focuses on renegotiating NAFTA to improve the critical issues of security, environment, energy, and human rights. The first event, held on June 13, covered core trade issues such as the need for a multilateral approach, changes to rules of origin, and the impact on specific sectors like agriculture. Participants will make specific proposals for upgrading the 25-year-old agreement and outline the tangible benefits to the United States, with an overall goal to set a practical agenda for a constructive NAFTA negotiation that the Congress can approve and all three member countries can support.
A panel discussion titled Global issues beyond traditional trade in NAFTA will host Chad P. Bown, PIIE senior fellow, on the Trump administration approach and existing US trade law; Patrick Leblond, senior fellow at CIGI, on gender and human rights; Daniel C. Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale Law School, on the environment aspects of the agreement; and Gary Clyde Hufbauer, PIIE Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, on the critical energy sector aspects.
Patrick Leblond is a CIGI senior fellow with the Global Economy Program. He is an expert in global economic governance and international political economy, regional economic integration, financial regulation, and business and public policy. At CIGI, Patrick specializes in the investigation of international trade in the areas of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.