School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

2018 J. Douglas Gibson lecture JONATHAN RODDEN  [image]

Monday March 25, 2019
4:30 PM

Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202
138 Union Street, Kingston, ON

This lecture will explain the rise of the urban-rural divide in majoritarian democracies, focusing in particular on the United States and Canada, and then establish consequences for political representation.  

Jonathan Rodden is professor of political science at Stanford, director of the Spatial Social Science Lab, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.  He has written several articles and a pair of books on federalism and fiscal decentralization, and continues to work on issues related to state and local government finance around the world.  His most recent work focuses on economic and political geography in North America, Europe, and beyond.    

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Past Lectures:

2018: Bob Rae

2018 J. Douglas Gibson lecture BOB RAE  [image]


The Rohingya crisis:  human rights and international solidarity in the age of populism

Bob Rae
Lawyer, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar and Professor of Public Policy


Abstract: In the age of populist nationalism, the defence of human rights becomes more critical and more politically challenging.  Bob Rae reflects on his recent experience in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and other examples around the world and closer to home.

Thursday October 11, 2018


2018: Robert Wolfe

2016 J Douglas Gibson Lecture: Robert Wolfe [image]

Renegotiating NAFTA: A new model for North American economic (dis)integration

Robert Wolfe
Professor Emeritus, Queen's University

Abstract: Two aspirations are in tension in the NAFTA negotiations: 1. the calls from business to modernize a 1990s agreement, and 2. the economic nationalist demands in Washington to renegotiate the agreement in favour of the United States. The first could lead to a stronger and more integrated free trade area; the second could undermine the cross-border supply chains that now characterize the North American market. The resolution of this tension is in doubt. Drawing on the successful examples of CETA and TPP, the modernization chapters could be concluded easily. The contentious renegotiation aspects may yet cause the collapse of NAFTA.


2016: Arancha González

2016 J Douglas Gibson Lecture: Arancha Gonzales [image]Is Globalization Worth Saving?

October 17, 2016

Arancha González
Executive Director, International Trade Centre, Geneva

Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) since September 2013. Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations.

Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative at the G-20.

Prior to working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner.

Ms. González began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters. She served as an associate at Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, a major German law firm, in Brussels. Ms. González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid. 

2015: Jutta Brunnée

The Global Climate Regime on the Road to Paris, 2015:
Shifting Norms, Changing Structures and Moving Targets

February 26, 2015

Jutta Brunnée
Professor, Metcalf Chair in Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Lecture notes [PDF 385kb]

Jutta Brunnée | February 2015Jutta Brunnée is Professor of Law and Metcalf Chair in Environmental Law, University of Toronto, where she previously served as Associate Dean of Law, Graduate (2010-2014) and Interim Dean (2014). Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of Public International Law and International Environmental Law.

She is currently working on a book on “stability and change” in international law. Other recent work has focused on international law and international relations theory, compliance with international law, the inter-state use of force, domestic application of international law, multilateral environmental agreements, climate change issues and international environmental liability regimes. Professor Brunnée is co-author of Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account (Cambridge University Press, 2010), which was awarded the American Society of International Law’s 2011 Certificate of Merit for preeminent contribution to creative scholarship. Professor Brunnée has authored numerous articles on topics of international environmental law and international law, and is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford University Press 2007), A Globally Integrated Climate Policy for Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2008) and Promoting Compliance in an Evolving Climate Change Regime (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

She was a member of the International Law Association’s Committee on Legal Principles relating to Climate Change and of World Conservation Union's (IUCN) Environmental Law Commission. In 1998-99, Professor Brunnée was the “Scholar-in-Residence” in the Legal Bureau of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, advising, inter alia , on matters under the Biodiversity and Climate Change Conventions. She serves on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2013.

2013: Alvin Roth

What have we learned from market design?

September 17, 2013

Alvin Roth
2012 Nobel Laureate

Lecture notes [PDF 5.1mb]

Alvin Roth | September 2013Alvin Roth is the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University. Roth has made important contributions in many fields of economics, including axiomatic bargaining theory and experimental economics, but his contributions in matching and market design have been especially highly regarded, as exemplified by the Nobel Prize in 2012, which was awarded to him together with Lloyd Shapley. Prof. Roth has been involved in the design of the National Resident Matching Program for U.S. doctors, school choice systems in New York City and Boston, the New England Program for Kidney Exchange and the Market for Gastroenterology Fellows. He is a Sloan fellow, a Guggenheim fellow, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.


The talk will address recent developments in market design, focusing particularly on kidney exchange, which has begun to flourish in Canada as well as the United States. It will also cover some general lessons that market design teaches us about markets and marketplaces. Finally, the talk will address how some transactions (like selling organs for transplantation) are regarded as repugnant, despite the fact that there are people willing to engage in them.

2012: Dr. Jerry Mashaw

Who is Responsible for Intergenerational Equity: Some Reflections on Accountability and Time

October 12, 2012

Dr. Jerry Mashaw
Sterling Professor in Law Yale Law School

Jerry Mashaw | October 2012Jerry L. Mashaw is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he teaches courses on administrative law, social welfare policy, regulation, legislation, and the design of public institutions. He formerly taught at Tulane University and the University of Virginia. His many books include Administrative Law: Introduction to the American Public Law System(with Richard Merrill and Peter Shane), Bureaucratic Justice (1983) (awarded Harvard University’s Gerard Henderson Memorial Prize in 1993), The Struggle for Auto Safety (with David Harfst), (awarded the Sixth Annual Scholarship Prize of the ABA’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy in 1992), and Greed, Chaos, and Governance: Using Public Choice to Improve Public Law (awarded the Section’s Twelfth Annual Scholarship Prize in 1998 and the Order of the Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award in 2002).


Professor Mashaw is a founding member, member of the Board of Trustees, and past president of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his B.A. and his LL.B. from Tulane University and his Ph.D. in European Governmental Studies from the University of Edinburgh.