Free Trade, Federalism & Technology Policy: A Public Lecture

This public lecture and accompanying presentation, explained how free trade, federalism, and technology policy are integrally linked.

Among the core challenges is implementing the intellectual property provisions of international trade agreements, such as the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in federal systems, a topic I’ve researched and written about extensively during my co-leadership of the Canada-EU Trade Environment Technology Exchange project.

The public lecture was delivered through the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, where I spent a sabbatical as Diefenbaker Policy Fellow. The promotion abstract was as follows:

Canada and the European Union are in the midst of intense negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, the so-called CETA. If and when completed, this path-breaking pact could go beyond any existing trade agreement, perhaps setting a new standard for international economic relations. In order to achieve ambitious goals for policy convergence and regulatory cooperation, this unique policymaking process has directly involved the federal and all provincial governments across Canada. Professor Jeremy de Beer’s lecture will look through the lens of biotechnology and information communications to shed light on key legal issues stemming from the implementation of such new public policies.

Here’s the presentation I delivered.

Trade, Federalism & Tech Policy in International Relations by Jeremy de Beer