Joel P Trachtman

Joel P. Trachtman

Professor of International Law, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Joel P. Trachtman is Professor of International Law at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  Recent books include The Future of International Law:  Global Government, (Cambridge 2013), The Tools of Argument (Createspace 2013), The International Law of Economic Migration:  Toward the Fourth Freedom (Upjohn Institute 2009); Ruling the World:  Constitutionalism, International Law, and Global Governance (Cambridge 2009); Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System (Oxford 2009); and The Economic Structure of International Law (Harvard 2008).  Prof. Trachtman has served as a member of the Boards of the American Journal of International law, the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and the Singapore Yearbook of International Law.  He has consulted for a number of governments and international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, and the OECD.  From 1998 to 2001, he was Academic Dean of the Fletcher School, and during 2000 and 2001, he served as Dean ad interim.  He has been a visiting professor at Basel, Hamburg, Harvard, and Hong Kong. He graduated in 1980 from Harvard Law School, where he served as editor in chief of the Harvard International Law Journal, and practiced in New York and Hong Kong for 9 years before entering academia. 


31 October 2017
The elimination of fossil fuel subsidies would decrease global carbon emissions significantly. This piece outlines five features of an ambitious approach to fossil fuel subsidy reform using the multilateral trading system. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is not an environmental organisation. But...

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1 February 2008
The Doha Round negotiations, formally named the Doha Development Agenda, continue to founder. While agriculture negotiations have dominated public discussion, the critical obstacle to conclusion of the round is the failure of negotiations so far to deliver on developing country needs. Developing...