Boston University School of Law

March 21, 2008


BU Law alumnus Ari Afilalo ('92) co-authors new book on global trade

Ari Afilalo ('92) and Dennis Patterson, both professors at Rutgers University, have joined forces to co-pen a new book titled The New Global Trading Order: the Evolving State and the Future of Trade. Recently published by Cambridge University Press, the book argues for new trade norms and reforms to the global trading order.

Of Afilalo and Patterson’s work, Cambridge University Press writes:

“The international institutions that have governed global trade since the end of World War II have lost their effectiveness, and global trade governance is fractured. The need for new institutions is obvious, and yet, few proposals seem to be on offer. The key to understanding the global trading order lies in uncovering the relationship between trade and the State, and how the inner constitution of Statecraft drives the architecture of the global order and requires structural changes as the State traverses successive cycles. The current trade order, focused on the liberalization of trade in goods and services and the management of related issues, is predicated on policies and practices that were the product of a global trading order of the 20th-century modern nation-states. Today, a new form of the State – the post-modern State – is evolving. In this book, the authors propose a new trade norm – the enablement of global economic opportunity – and a new institution – the Trade Council – to overhaul the global trading order.”

Afilalo graduated magna cum laude from BU Law, where he served as note editor of the Boston University Law Review. He also earned an A.B. and an LL.M. at Harvard University. Among his past titles, Afilalo served as law clerk to Chief Justice Paul J. Liacos of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Currently, he is an associate professor of Law at Rutgers Camden, teaching courses in international trade law, international business transactions and contracts.

>> For more information on The New Global Trading Order: the Evolving State and the Future of Trade click here.

Reported by Lauren Shiraka