Emeritus Professor Jane Kelsey

PhD, MPhil, BCL, LLB(Hons)

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Jane Kelsey is one of New Zealand's best-known critical commentators on issues of globalisation and neoliberalism. She has taught at the University of Auckland since 1979, specialising in socio-legal studies, law and policy and international economic regulation.

Jane is active internationally as a researcher, analyst,  adviser and media commentators on globalisation, especially the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, trade in services, and investment agreements. She is an active member of a number of international coalitions of academics, trade unionists, NGOs and social movements working for social justice.

A followup to her best-selling book on the neoliberal restructuring of New Zealand, 'The New Zealand Experiment. A World Model for Structural Adjustment?' will be published in 2015. Entitled 'The FIRE Economy', it  examines the challenges of embedded neoliberalism in the context of financial crises, and was supported by a Marsden Fund research grant. Other recent books include 'Service Whose Interests? The Political Economy of Trade in Services Agreements' (Routledge Cavendish 2008), and the edited 'No Ordinary Deal. Unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement' (ed) (Bridget Williams Books 2010), as well as many published articles.

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Research | Current

International trade and investment agreements, financial crises, neoliberalism, policy and regulation.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Kelsey, J. (2018). How a TPP-Style E-commerce Outcome in the WTO would Endanger the Development Dimension of the GATS Acquis (and Potentially the WTO). Journal of International Economic Law. 10.1093/jiel/jgy024
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42581
  • Kelsey, J. (2017). The risks for ASEAN of new mega-agreements that promote the wrong model of e-commerce. Jakarta, Indonesia: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39011
  • Kelsey, J. (2017). New Zealand and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations: Strategy, content and lessons. In R. Patman, I. Iati, B. Kiglics (Eds.) New Zealand and the world: Past, present and future (pp. 145-167). Singapore: World Scientific Publishing. 10.1142/9789813232402_0010
  • Kelsey, E. (2017). The Trouble with TiSA. The Trade in Services Agreement and How it Threatens Transport Workers' Rights. London: International Transport Workers Federation and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38698
  • Kelsey, J. (2017). TiSA: Foul play. UNI Global Union.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38697
  • Kelsey, J. (2017). Regulatory chill: Learnings from New Zealand’s plain packaging tobacco law. QUT Law Review, 17 (2), 21-45.
  • Kelsey, E. (2016). Sixth affidavit of Professor Jane Kelsey to the Waitangi Tribunal Urgent Inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (Wai 2522).
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38699
  • Kelsey, J. (2016). From GATS to TiSA: Pushing the trade in services regime beyond the limits. European Yearbook of International Economic Law, 7, 119-151. 10.1007/978-3-319-29215-1_6
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38694

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