When is free trade not free?

In his new book Consent and Trade: Trading Freely in a Global Market (Cambridge University Press, 2019), BC Law School Professor Frank Garcia offers an examination of trade law’s roots in consensual exchange, highlighting the central role of consent in differentiating trade from legally facilitated coercion, exploitation or predation. Garcia contends the U.S. needs to re-capture a vision of trade as mutually beneficial consensual exchange, and negotiate agreements that protect and enhance consent, rather than undermine it. By recovering the idea of consent in trade law, in a global marketplace, the U.S. and its trade partners can flourish. Recently, BC’s Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy gathered a group of international scholars for a roundtable discussion of the ideas put forth by Garcia in his book. Read more in Boston College Law School Magazine.

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