"Like the president he now serves, Anton doesn't understand how the global trading order actually works. Trade agreements are long and complicated today because they are no longer primarily concerned with reducing tariffs (which are already quite low). Instead, contemporary trade agreements are mostly about harmonizing labor, regulatory, environmental, and copyright standards across many different societies, precisely for the purpose of creating fairer competition between states. Agreements of this kind are very much in America's interest, because otherwise U.S. workers would have to compete with foreign industries where labor and environmental standards are much lower than they are in the United States."
Professor Freeman teaches Administrative Law, Environmental Law and Natural Resources Law, and is Director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program. Her scholarship in administrative law focuses on public-private collaboration in governance, regulatory innovation, negotiated approaches to regulation, and privatization. Her work in environmental law centers on the design of governance institutions, regulatory tools and decision making procedures; most recently, she is working on climate-related institutional design.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm