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MARCH 19, 2001
11:57 PM
CONTACT:  The Reuters Forum
Rod Thorn 203-438-6595
Michael Moore, P.J. O’Rourke and Sam Brown Debate Whether International Trade Agreements Should Protect Workers’ Rights
Fourth of Seven Reuters Forum Events in 2001 at Columbia University

NEW YORK - March 19 -

WHAT: Topic: Trade Dilemma: Should Trade Agreements Champion Workers’ Rights?

Debate: Can World Trade Organization (WTO) members agree on standards and principles to protect workers? Would better international enforcement of these standards promote trade that raises incomes and growth in developing and industrialized countries? Are violations of these standards widespread enough to significantly impact international trade? Would applying WTO dispute settlement to complaints about workers’ rights promote trade that raises incomes and growth? Is the WTO the most appropriate and effective forum for addressing these problems?

WHO: Reuters Forum Moderator:
Peter Morici, Professor of International Business, University of Maryland

Reuters Forum Panelists:
Sam W. Brown, Jr., Executive Director, Fair Labor Association
Michael Moore, documentary filmmaker, TV producer, author
P.J. O’Rourke, foreign affairs editor, Rolling Stone

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 2001 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Broadway and 116th Street

WEBCAST: The Reuters Forum will be webcast live at

This event is sponsored by Reuters Foundation, which was established in 1982 by Reuters, the global news and information organization, to support an international range of educational and humanitarian causes. To register for the Reuters Forum, call (212) 854-6840, or register online at


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