Michael Fakhri's academic interests are in international economic law with an emphasis on questions of development. He is currently working on a historical examination of the sugar trade and its relationship to the creation of multilateral trade institutions. He is also a faculty member of the Environmental and Natural Resource Program where he co-leads the Food Resiliency Project
Professor Fakhri's other research interests include Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), trade and development in the Middle East, public international law, international legal history, legal accounts of imperialism, and law and globalization. He has given talks at Harvard Law School, Princeton University, Brown University, Cornell University, London School of Economics, University of Cambridge, the American University of Beirut, and the American University in Cairo.
Professor Fakhri received his doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, LL.M. from Harvard Law School, LL.B. from Queen's University, and B.Sc in biology from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, he began his legal career with one of Canada's leading business law firms, later shifting to a practice in social justice advocacy.
See also Professor Fakhri's curriculum vitae.
Sample publications include:
- Sugar and the Making of International Trade Law (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
- The Intersection Between Food Sovereignty and Law coauthored with Nathan Bellinger, 28:2 American Bar Association Natural Resources & Environment (2013)
- Sugar and the Making of an Early Modern Multilateral Institution: Explicating the 1902 Brussels Sugar Convention (London Review of International Law, forthcoming)
- Questioning TWAIL's Agenda , 14:1 Oregon Review of International Law 1 (2012)
- Reconstruing WTO Legitimacy Debates, 2:1 Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law 64 (2011)
- The 1937 International Sugar Agreement: Neo-Colonial Cuba and Economic Aspects of the League of Nations, 24:4 Leiden Journal of International Law 89 (2011)
- Images of the Arab World and Middle East, Debates About Development and Regional Integration, 28:3 Wisconsin International Law Journal 390 (2011)
- Law as the Interplay of Ideas, Institutions, and Interests: Using Polanyi (and Foucault) to Ask TWAIL Questions, 10 International Community Law Review 455 (2008)
- Book review of Andrew Lang, World Trade Law after Neoliberalism. Re-imagining the Global Economic Order, 23:3 European Journal of International Law 901 (2012)