Dr. Meredith Taylor Black is the Director of International Business Programs in the College of Business & Economics at Boise State University and teaches, inter alia, the courses “Managing in a Global Economy” and “Global Economic Development”. Dr. Black earned her Ph.D., summa cum laude, in the area of WTO trade law with the University of Bern in Switzerland, where she also completed a Master’s in International Law and Economics at the World Trade Institute as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Her research is focused on agriculture negotiations, subsidies, dispute settlement, and development issues within the World Trade Organization. Her academic background also includes a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Certificate in Health Public Policy from Duke University.
What is the World Trade Organization (WTO) and why should you care about it? In this podcast, Dr. Black delves into this fascinating intergovernmental organization and its effects on our lives as citizens of an ever-increasingly, interconnected world. She takes us on a tour of Centre William Rappard – home to the WTO- as she explains the history, structure, operations and significance of its latest houseguest. Dr. Black also explains how the WTO functions to encourage global economic growth through greater trade liberalization and reductions in trade barriers, promote cooperation and dispute resolution among nations, and set and enforce “ground rules” for international commercial activity.