Panel discussion at the the 4th International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Leipzig in 2014.
Speakers: Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Lutz Weischner, Filka Sekulova Facilitation: Alexandra Strickner
From the conference programme: International free trade regimes and neoliberal trading rules (NAFTA, TTIP, WTO) are a central obstacle for a development towards degrowth. They include powerful legal mechanisms for corporate lobby groups to accomplish their interests and could be used to hinder policies tending to implement degrowth-concepts. In this panel it is discussed how existing trade regimes contradict developments towards degrowth. Further, ideas of alternative trade structures compatible with degrowth are drawn.