For some time now, I have focused on a mission to bring together the separate discourses of the human rights and trade fields -- certainly not to blend them, but to raise awareness of their myriad interconnections. Indeed, human rights and trade are interlocking pieces of the puzzle we call international law and cannot possibly remain sequestered in the "splendid isolation" in which they have existed since their inception as disciplines. In any study of globalization, especially if one endeavors to pursue its benefits for all persons, not just the elite around the world, one must be aware of and seek to remedy its patent deficiencies in the myriad intersections of trade and human rights. Particular attention needs to be drawn to the impact of globalization on areas such as the environment, health, labor, trafficking, women, the global economy, indigenous populations, and poverty. The thesis of the book on which this essay is based is that viable alternatives exist to create structures and craft dialogues that can bridge the seemingly impassable divide between trade and human rights and will consequently move us forward to an era of fruitful integration of these spheres for the well-being of humankind generally and womankind specifically.
Berta E. Hernández-Truyol, Sex and Globalization, 11 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 173 (2008), available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/199