Annual Genest Lecture examines integration projects in the global south

An examination of regional integration projects in the global south will be the focus of the 2017 Pierre Genest Global Lecture, presented by Osgoode Hall Law School on March 7.

Diamond Ashiagbor

The lecture, titled “Theorising the Relationship Between Social Rights and Markets in Regional Integration Projects” will be delivered by Professor Diamond Ashiagbor of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Ir runs 12:30 to 2pm in Room 2027.

Ashiagbor will look at projects in the global south and constraints upon them, in particular, the social dislocations caused by global and European trade policies, and the response in the south to the institutional design of the global trade regime.

The rise of the market ads the ‘metric of rationality of law and policy’ challenges labour market institutions and social policies, especially in the context of cross-national market integration projects (namely the European Union and the African Union) of which a core raison d’être is that labour is commodified as one of the factors of production.

Ashiagbor will examine the role of labour law and of labour market institutions as part of an array of adjustment mechanisms responding to the liberalization of trade and the opening of national borders: To what extent can social rights mediate the operation of markets, and what does this mean viewed from the perspective of developing countries as well as industrialized ones?.

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The Pierre Genest Memorial Fund was established to honour the memory of Pierre Genest, who died in 1989. Genest graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1954 and became one of the finest counsels in Canada, respected not only for his gifts as a lawyer and an advocate, but also for his personal qualities. It brings distinguished legal scholars to Osgoode to deliver the Pierre Genest Memorial Lecture.

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