GHW Podcast Episode 6: Trade and Health
The sixth episode of the GHW6 podcast series features Lauren Paremoer and Ronald Labonté, addressing the issue of new trade treaties and their potential threats to public health. Showing concrete examples, they show how these treaties tighten reins on policy measures governments might take that could inhibit trade, with new rules on how future regulations should be developed, including allowing or even mandating the involvement of corporate actors from other countries. Moreover, they explain how international investment treaties have become one of the most predatory forms of financialized capitalism, with speculative investors, corporate law firms, and transnational companies holding governments (and the people they represent) hostage to vaguely worded treaty rules and secretive tribunal proceedings. There are however windows of opportunity in health’s ability to influence trade and investment treaty negotiations.