Professor Edwards Lectures on History of Human Rights, International Trade and the Right to Health
On July 23 and 24, 2009, Professor George E. Edwards participated in an international conference in Taipei, Taiwan sponsored by the Asian Centre for the World Trade Organization and International Health Law and Policy. The WTO Centre is part of New Taiwan University, the premier university in Taiwan.
At the Taipei conference, Professor Edwards delivered a paper entitled "Human Rights and International Trade: From the 17th Century Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to Hurricane Katrina, the World Trade Organization (WTO), Human Trafficking and the Right to Health."
Professor Edwards' presentation coincided with several occurrences related to race, race relations and the vestiges of slavery in the United States: a U.S. Congressional apology for slavery and segregation of African Americans; President Obama's visit to the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, from which millions of Africans were dispatched to slavery in America through the “Door of No Return”: and the controversy surrounding the arrest of preeminent African American Harvard Professor Gates. (Professor Edwards is pictured above, fourth from the right, with colleagues from across Asia at the International Health Law and Policy conference.)