NAFTA, Free Trade and the Americas: The Canadian Perspective
Start: January 24, 2014 12:15 PM
The 11th Annual California Western School of Law - UC San Diego Speaker Series
NAFTA: 20 Years Later
WHAT: "NAFTA, Free Trade and the Americas: The Canadian Perspective"
WHO: The Hon. William C. Graham, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada; Chancellor, Trinity College
WHEN: January 24, 2014 from 12:15 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.
WHERE: California Western School of Law, LH1
About the 2013-2014 Joint Speaker Series
On January 1, 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the seminal regional trade pact among Canada, Mexico, and the United States, entered into force. On that same day, a group of indigenous peoples in Chiapas began the Zapatista uprising in Mexico, challenging the liberalization that NAFTA represented.
NAFTA was designed to integrate the economies of the three countries, and it was expected to have profound implications on security, immigration patterns, and economic growth. To the concern of its critics, NAFTA has now become the template for future regional and bilateral free trade agreements.
Twenty years later, NAFTA has changed the face of trade in the Americas. While it has promoted economic liberalization, NAFTA has also contributed to unprecedented social dislocation in Mexico and the United States. The 11th annual joint speaker series, co-sponsored by the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies at UC San Diego and the International Legal Studies Program at California Western School of Law, explores the contributions of NAFTA and the challenges it faces in the future.