Michael Fakhri

About/Bio

Michael Fakhri is the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and Associate Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law where he teaches in the areas of international economic law, commercial law, and food and agriculture. He is a faculty member of the Environmental and Natural Resource Program where he co-leads the Food Resiliency Project. His current research focuses on questions of food sovereignty, indigenous sovereignty, and agroecology - all in an effort work through legal accounts of imperialism, race, and capitalism. Professor Fakhri's other research interests include Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) and international legal history. He is the author of Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law (CUP 2014) and co-editor of Bandung, Global History, and International Law (CUP 2017).

Recently Published

FAO Secretary General Elections – Part 1: What is at Stake?

The FAO Member Nations are set to elect a new Director General this 22-29 June. The four candidates, nominated by UN Member States, are Qu Dongyu (China), Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle (France), Davit Kirvalidze (Georgia), and Ramesh Chand (India). Social movements, Indigenous peoples, and NGOs are frustrated because they do not have an opportunity to directly interact with…

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Life Without the WTO – Part II: Looking to the Everyday

Editors' Note: This is the second post of a two part series by EJIL:Talk Contributing Editor Michael Fakhri. Part I can be found here. In this second post I want to provide two examples of how life might look like without the WTO. One could do this in a myriad of ways and my…

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Life Without the WTO – Part I: Stop all this Crisis-Talk

Editors’ Note: This is the first part of two posts by EJIL:Talk! Contributing Editor Michael Fakhri. We hear a lot today about the WTO being in crisis. Some people have focused on institutional changes are imagining life without the DSU if it is not reformed. Others are proposing that the WTO consider…

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