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Faculty Podcast: World Trade Organization Made By the World, For the World

By:    Published 9:31 am / May 21, 2012

Meredith Taylor Black, director of international business programs, delves into the intergovernmental World Trade Organization (WTO) and its effects on our lives as citizens in an interconnected world, in this week’s Beyond the Blue faculty podcast, “The WTO: Made By the World, For the World.”

Listeners can access the website featuring more than 35 expert commentaries at or go directly to Black’s presentation. Visitors can download all podcasts and subscribe to review automatic downloads of new content whenever they open iTunes.

In this podcast, Black takes listeners on a tour of Centre William Rappard — home to the WTO — as she 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.

Black teaches, among others, the courses “Managing in a Global Economy” and “Global Economic Development” in Boise State’s College of Business and Economics. She 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 degree 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.

The Beyond the Blue website has been developed to showcase the expertise and innovative spirit that exist in many fields at Boise State. Known for its unique blue turf and nationally ranked football program, Boise State is demonstrating creativity beyond the blue in faculty podcasts intended to introduce a variety of topics to casual listeners.

New faculty podcasts are being added on a regular basis, including:

The website contains bonus video and editorial content about the university, including its growth, research initiatives and student life. A related collection of faculty interviews also is accessible from the Reader’s Corner radio show hosted by Boise State President Bob Kustra on Boise State Public Radio.