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About me: Chantal Thomas, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School. My interests intersect law, political economy, and social justice. I write and teach in international economic law. My research has focused on international trade and international development, and more recently on international migration. For a professional biography, please click here. A CV can be found here. My writing includes:

Chantal Thomas, International Law, the New Abolitionism, and the Memory of Slavery, 35 Law & History Review 1 (2017) (with Ariela J. Gross).

Chantal Thomas, Immigration Controls and Modern-Day Slavery, in Prabha Kotiswaran ed., Shaping the Definition of Trafficking in the Palermo Protocol (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2017) (SSRN draft).

Chantal Thomas, Transnational Migration, Globalization and Governance: Theorizing a Crisis, in Martin Clark, Anne Orford & Florian Hoffman eds., Handbook on International Legal Theory (Oxford University Press, 2016) (SSRN draft).

Chantal Thomas, What Does the Emerging International Law of Migration Mean for Sovereignty? 14 Melbourne Journal of International Law (2014).

Chantal Thomas, Introduction: Empowerment and Innovation Strategies for Law, Justice and Development, in Vol. 4, World Bank Legal Review: Innovation and Empowerment for Development, at 3 (2013).

Chantal Thomas, Co-Editor, Vol. 4, World Bank Legal Review 2012: Innovation and Empowerment for Development (with Hassane Cisse, Sam Muller, and Francis Wang) (2013).

Chantal Thomas, Guest Editor, Vol. 5 (Issues 1-2), Middle East Law and Governance (2013) (Symposium Volume on Labor and Migration in the Middle East).

Chantal Thomas, The Death of Doha? Forensics of Democratic Governance, Distributive Justice, and Development in the WTO, in Chi Carmody, Frank Garcia, and John Linarelli eds., Global Justice in International Economic Law (Cambridge University Press) (2012).

Chantal Thomas, Law and Neoclassical Economic Development: Toward an Institutionalist Critique of Institutionalism, 96 Cornell Law Review 101 (2011).

Chantal Thomas, Convergences and Divergences in International Legal Norms on Migrant Labor, 32 Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal 101 (2011).

Chantal Thomas, Effects of Globalization in Mexico, 1980-2000: Labour Migration as an Unintended Consequence, in Adelle Blackett & Christian Lévesque eds., SOCIAL REGIONALISM IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY (2010) (Routledge).

Chantal Thomas, Migrant Domestic Workers in Egypt: A Case Study of the Economic Family in Global Context, 58 American Journal of Comparative Law 987 (Special Issue on Family Law, 2010).

Chantal Thomas, Undocumented Migrant Workers in a Fragmented International Order, 25 Maryland Journal of International Law 187 (2010).

Chantal Thomas, Trade and Labor in the World Trade Organization, in Sarah Joseph ed., Human Rights and the World Trade Organization (Edward Elgar) (2009).

Chantal Thomas, Co-Editor, Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System (with Joel Trachtman) (Oxford University Press) (2009).

Chantal Thomas, Intellectual Property Intersections with Trade and Labor Rules: Rethinking Domestic and International Strategies to Promote Biodiversity from the ‘NAFTA Corn’ Example, in Daniel J. Gervais ed., Intellectual Property, Trade and Development (Oxford University Press) (2007).

Chantal Thomas, An Introduction: The Future of International Law, 101 American Society of International Law Proceedings 1 (2007) (with William J. Aceves & Charles Hunnicutt).

Chantal Thomas, From the International to the Local in Feminist Legal Responses: Four Studies in Contemporary Governance Feminism, 29 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 336 (2006) (with Janet Halley, Prabha Kotiswaran & Hila Shamir).

Chantal Thomas, Max Weber, Talcott Parsons and the Sociology of Legal Reform: A Reassessment with Implications for Law and Development, 15 Minnesota Journal of International Law 383 (2006).

Chantal Thomas, Constitutionalism, Trade Legislation, and “Democracy,” in Richard W. Bauman & Tsvi Kahana eds., The Least Examined Branch: The Role of Legislatures in the Constitutional State (Cambridge University Press) (2006).

Chantal Thomas, “Non-Trade” Issues and the WTO, in E. Kwan Choi & James C. Hartigan eds., Handbook of International Trade – Vol. II: Economic and Legal Analysis of Laws and Institutions (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing) (2004).

Chantal Thomas, Challenges for Democracy and Trade: The Case of the United States, 41 Harvard Journal on Legislation 1 (2004).

Chantal Thomas, Should the World Trade Organization Incorporate Labor and Environmental Standards?, 61 Washington & Lee Law Review 347 (2004).

Chantal Thomas, Poverty Reduction, Trade, and Rights, 18 American University International Law Review 1399 (2003) (Symposium on International Trade Law).

Chantal Thomas, Disciplining Globalization: Law, Illegal Trade, and the Case of Narcotics, 24 Michigan Journal of International Law 549 (2003).

Chantal Thomas, Trade-Related Labor and Environment Agreements? 5 Journal of International Economic Law 791 (2002).

Chantal Thomas, Globalization in Financial Services: What Role for GATS?, 21 Annual Review of Banking Law 323 (2002).

Chantal Thomas, Constitutional Change and International Government, 52 Hastings Law Journal 1 (2000).

Chantal Thomas, Balance-of-Payments Crises in the Developing World: Balancing Trade, Finance and Development in the New Economic Order, 15 American University International Law Review 1249 (2000) (Symposium on International Economic Law).

Chantal Thomas, Globalization and the Reproduction of Hierarchy, 33 University of California Davis Law Review 1451 (2000).

Chantal Thomas, Critical Race Theory and Postcolonial Development Theory: Observations on Methodology, 45 Villanova Law Review 1195 (2000) (Symposium on Critical Race Theory and International Law).

Chantal Thomas, International Debt Forgiveness and Global Poverty Reduction, 26 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1711 (2000) (Symposium on Forgiveness and the Law).

Chantal Thomas, Causes of Inequality in the International Economic Order: Critical Race Theory and Postcolonial Development, 9 Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 1 (1999).

Chantal Thomas, Does the “Good Governance” Policy of the Bretton Woods Institutions Privilege Markets at the Expense of Democracy?, 14 Connecticut Journal of International Law 551 (1999).

Chantal Thomas, Transfer of Technology in the Contemporary International Order, 22 Fordham International Law Journal 2096 (1999).

Chantal Thomas, Customary International Law and State Taxation of Corporate Income: The Case for the Separate Accounting Method, 14 Berkeley International Law Journal 99 (1996).

Chantal Thomas, Note, Developing Countries and Multilateral Trade Agreements: Law and the Promise of Development, 108 Harvard Law Review 1709 (1995).

Chantal Thomas, Recent Case, Administrative Law — Administrative Procedure Act — D.C. Circuit Holds That Trade Representative’s Failure to Prepare Environmental Impact Statement for NAFTA Is Not Reviewable Under the Administrative Procedure Act, 107 Harvard Law Review 1819 (1994).