WP4

Trade, Development and Migration

Among the most difficult regulatory challenges in the multilateral trading system are the large divergences between rich and poor countries and the conceptual fragmentations they create. Trade is intrinsically linked to development; in turn, both trade and development influence the volume, diversity and speed of migratory flows. The trade agenda today insufficiently reflects the unequal distribution of production factors, capital and labour. Addressing such asymmetries requires a look beyond the existing WTO framework and into the interface of trade, bilateral investment, commodity and migration agreements and preferential schemes. By linking trade in agriculture and the transboundary movement of persons, we seek to make a contribution to coherence between two inherently related issue areas, as migratory pressures often result from inadequate agricultural structures and the lack of food security in developing countries.
 

Cluster 1

Food security

Food security is arguably the most important human need – and one of the most striking global governance problems. We focus on examining under what regulatory conditions trade and investment allow food to flow where and when it is needed, so as to ensure the Right to Food as enshrined in international, ratified UN treaties and many national constitutions.

Related: publications
4.1.1

Food security: assessing tools in trade and in ...

While food security as an objective is contested by no ...
4.1.2

Food security as a human right

This project conceptually explores the normative impact ...
4.1.3

Food Security in Swiss Constitutional Law

This project examines food security as one of three obj ...
 

Cluster 2

Migration and trade

This cluster explores the possibilities offered and challenges posed by international labour mobility and the need to meet them with multilevel responses by involving multiple stakeholders in countries of origin and destination. Two recent venues of international migration governance are explored: the inclusion of migration related clauses in bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements and informal transgovernmental networks linking public officials dealing with international migration in the destination, transit and source countries of migrants.

Related: publications
4.2.1

Foundations of multilayered migration governan ...

This project examines to what extent formal and informa ...
4.2.2 a

Venue-Shopping in Multilayered Migration Gover ...

This project analyses the inclusion of migration-relate ...
4.2.2 b

Transgovernmentalism in multilayered migration ...

This project studies the dynamics behind the fragmented ...
4.2.3 a

French bilateral migration agreements: partner ...

This PhD thesis in law and political science is conduct ...
4.2.3 b

Swiss Migration partnerships in the EU context

This PhD project examines the evolution, content, objec ...
4.2.4

Markets for migration and development (M4MD)

This project investigates the links between internation ...
4.2.5

Treaties, Trade and Networks

This project compares the role of diaspora networks wit ...

Trade, Development and Migration - Archived Projects 2009/10/11

4.1, topic I

The Enabling clause revisited

Is the General System of Preferences (GSP) a dead-end a ...
4.2, topic III

South-South Regional Trade Agreements in Servi ...

The ongoing formation of free trade areas in the develo ...
4.3, topic I

References to domestic labour standards in Pre ...

Are trade agreements an effective way of avoiding races ...
4.4, topic II

Food Security, WTO and FDI in agriculture

In early 2008 world prices of major agricultural commod ...
4.6, topic III

Migration partnerships in multilayered migrati ...

The concept of ‘migration partnerships’ has emerged as ...
4.7, topic III

Temporary labour mobility in bilateral migrati ...

France and Spain have pioneered for Europe a new genera ...
4.8, topic III

France and Spain bilateral agreements on migra ...

A programmatic element of contemporary migration manage ...
4.9, topic III

Swiss migration and European mobility partners ...

Like other countries in Europe, Switzerland too has re- ...
5.2, topic I

Climate change adaptation in agriculture and i ...

Based on the concept of "virtual water", this project w ...