Professor Jane Kelsey - Options and Strategies to Rescue Human Rights from Mega-Regional Economic Treaties: Lessons from Tobacco, Meds and Indigenous Rights - 18 April

The rise of mega-regional economic integration agreements on a scale never seen before poses a huge challenge to human rights communities. The tensions between binding and enforceable rules that advance commercial imperatives and ‘soft’ human rights law at the domestic and international levels are increasingly well documented, but the strategies that seek to rebalance them have been pragmatic, ad hoc and largely ineffective. This seminar will reflect on three examples where there has been some limited success – tobacco, affordable medicines, and indigenous rights - and assess the advances and the limitations on what they have achieved, and what this might portend for options and strategies in the future.