Yale Professor Calls for Environmental Protection Along with Globalization

Yale Law Professor Dan Esty is hosting a series of “trade and environment” policy briefings November 29 through December 3 at the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Seattle, Wash.

“Globalization offers great promise, but only if other values that the public cares about, such as public health and ecological protection, are taken on board,” said Esty, director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy.

The Global Environment and Trade Study (GETS) briefings for government officials, the media, and business leaders will take place each day from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the East Room at the Renaissance Madison Hotel in Seattle.

Esty, who also is associate dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is a leader of the GETS group, which was established in 1994 to provide information and analysis about the trade and environment debate.

“Ecological as well as economic interdependence is a reality and the WTO must find ways to ensure that tensions at the trade-environment interface are addressed thoughtfully and systematically,” he said.

Esty formerly was special assistant to U.S. Environmental Protection Administrator William Reilly, among other high level posts at EPA, and coordinated the agency’s entry into the international trade arena. He was the chief EPA negotiator for the environmental aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

A complete program and list of speakers follows:

Monday, November 29, 1999
Environment in the WTO Round – Setting the Agenda

Moderator: Dan Esty
Michael Meacher (Member of Parliament, UK)
Gary Sampson (WTO / United Nations University)

Tuesday, November 30, 1999
Achieving Win-Win Opportunities

Moderator: James Cameron (Director, Global Environment & Trade Study)
Jagdish Bhagwati (Columbia University)
Beatrice Chaytor (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development)
Dan Esty

Wednesday, December 1, 1999
GMO’s, Turtles and Trees: Can We Avoid Trade Tensions?

Moderator: Mark Ritchie (Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy)
Lakshman Guruswamy (University of Tulsa Law School)
Ronnie Hall (Friends of the Earth, United Kingdom)

Thursday, December 2, 1999
WTO Transparency and Governance

Moderator: Duncan Brack (Royal Institute for International Affairs)
James Cameron
Peter Pedersen (World Trade Organization)
Ambassador Tran van Thinh (former EU GATT Ambassador)
Tim Deal (US Council for International Business)

Friday, December 3, 1999
Next Steps from Seattle

Moderator: James Cameron
Victor Lichtinger (Especialistas Ambientales S.A. de C.V., Mexico City)
Simon Tay (National University of Singapore)
Maritta von B. Koch-Weser (Director General, World Conservation Union / IUCN)

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