Kym Anderson

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Kym Anderson is Professor of Economics and Executive Director of the Centre for International Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide.

An expert on trade negotiations, during 1996-2000 Anderson served on several dispute settlement and arbitration panels at the World Trade Organization. He is a widely published critic of the use of trade rules to foster environmental or labour objectives, arguing that comprehensive trade liberalisation is the best way of achieving these.

On biotechnology, Anderson warns that "second generation" biotech (such as golden rice) have huge potential benefits to developing countries which could be destroyed by trading regulations. He tentatively offers the labelling route (i.e. all food labelled as GM-free or not) as a solution to consumer antipathy towards biotech.

He is a Research Fellow of Europe's London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.