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Free trade or targeted protection: what should developing countries do?

The Globalisation Institute will be hosting a debate on Free trade or targeted protection: what should developing countries do? on Tuesday 9 May 2006 at 6:30pm in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (opposite Parliament), Westminster.

The debate will be chaired by Andrew Mitchell MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.

Philippe Legrain writes about globalisation and European issues and is the author of the acclaimed pro-globalisation book Open World: The Truth about Globalisation. Between 2002 and 2005 he worked at Britain in Europe first as Chief Economist and then as Director of Policy. He previously worked as special adviser to the then Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Mike Moore. Before that, he was trade and economics correspondent for The Economist. He has also written for the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman, Prospect and The Ecologist, as well as The New Republic, Foreign Policy and the Chronicle Review. His website is here.

Johann Hari is an award-winning journalist and playwright. Since 2003 he has been a columnist for The Independent, and a Contributing Editor to Attitude (Britain's main gay magazine). Johann has been attacked in print by the Daily Telegraph, John Pilger, Peter Oborne, Private Eye, the Socialist Worker, Cristina Odone, the Spectator, Andrew Neil, George Galloway, Mark Steyn, the British National Party, Medialens, al Muhajaroun and Richard Littlejohn. Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the Saudi Ambassador to Britain, has accused Johann of "waging a private jihad against the House of Saud". Johann has been called "a Stalinist" and "beneath contempt" by Noam Chomsky, "an uppity little queer" by Bruce Anderson, "fat" by the Dalai Lama and something unrepeatable by Busted. His website is here.

Ross Clark is "one of the great talents of modern British journalism" according to Boris Johnson. He is a columnist on The Times and The Spectator, where for some years he wrote the popular Globophobia column. He is also a frequent contributor to the Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday. He is the author of The Great Before, a satire of a world where anti-globalisation campaigners have defeated global capitalism.

John Hilary is Director of Campaigns and Policy at War on Want and is one of Britain's leading critics of free-market global capitalism. War on Want challenges the structures that keep poor people poor. From trade rules rigged in favour of rich countries and their multinational companies to poverty in Palestine, War on Want campaigns in the UK and internationally to deliver real lasting change for the world's poorest people.


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Date and Time:

9 May 2006 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Portcullis House
Opposite Palace of Westminster

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Globalisation Institute
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