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Conference Proceeding


Three Thoughts Concerning “Just Linkage,” 39 CORNELL INT’L L. J 655 (2006) (symposium on Global Justice: Poverty, Human Rights, and Responsibilities) (commenting on Sanjay Reddy and Christian Barry's International Trade and Labor Standards: A Proposal for Linkage)


Thanks very much to the organizers for arranging this conference, and thanks to all of you for giving up your Saturday afternoon to participate. Let me start by saying straightforwardly that I have no settled view about whether linking international trade and domestic labor standards is a good idea or not, all-things-considered, or indeed about whether it is practically feasible or not. Instead of making an argument for or against the Barry- Reddy proposal for just linkage, I confine myself to identifying what I take to be three important respects in which the proposal invites further thought, some of which have been identified earlier and some of which have not. I will also try to draw out some connections between this proposal and what has been said earlier today, especially by Richard Miller in his remarks concerning global institutional reform.

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