Matias Margulis

Associate Professor

Research Classification

International Organization
Human Rights and Liberties, Collective Rights

Research Interests

Global Governance
International Political Economy
United Nations
World Trade Organization
Food and Agriculture
Human Rights

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  • Intervention by international organizations in regime complexes (2020)
    The Review of International Organizations,
  • A New Grey Zone in Global Trade Governance? Recent Developments on Food Security at the World Trade Organization (2018)
    UBC Press,
  • Negotiating from the margins: how the UN shapes the rules of the WTO (2018)
    Review of International Political Economy,
  • Negotiating from the Margins: How the UN Shapes the Rules of the WTO (Forthcoming) (2018)
    Review of International Political Economy,
  • The World Trade Organization between law and politics: negotiating a solution for public stockholding for food security purposes (2018)
    Transnational Legal Theory, 9 (3-4), 343--360
  • Canada’s Food and Nutrition Strategies (2017)
    Brookings Institution,
  • The Forgotten History of Food Security in Multilateral Trade Negotiations (2017)
    World Trade Review, 16 (1), 25--57
  • The Forgotten History of Food Security in Multilateral Trade Negotiations (2017)
    World Trade Review,
  • The Global Governance of Food Security (2017)
    Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations,
  • The Global Political Economy of Raúl Prebisch (2017)
  • Global Food Governance: Institutions, Actors and Dynamics (2016)
    Critical Perspectives in Food Studies,
  • Peasants, Smallholders and Post-Global Food Crisis Agriculture Investment Programs (2016), (FMSH-)
  • The Global Governance of Food Security (Forthcoming) (2016)
  • Why UK could be doomed to years without proper access to world trade (2016)
    The Conversation,
  • Canada at the G8 and UN Committee on World Food Security: forum-shifting in global food security governance (2015)
    Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 21 (2), 164--178
  • Canada at the G8 and UN Committee on World Food Security: forum-shifting in global food security governance (2015)
    Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 21 (2), 164--178
  • Globalizing the Classroom Innovative Approach to National and International Learning (2015)
    Humanity & Society, 39 (2), 236--253
  • Mapping the state of play on the global food landscape (2015)
    Canadian Food Studies / La Revue canadienne des études sur l'alimentation, 2 (2), 1
  • Mapping the state of play on the global food landscape (2015)
    Canadian Food Studies, 2 (2), 1--6
  • Regulating food-based agrofuels: The prospects and challenges of international trade rules (2015)
    Canadian Food Studies, 2 (2), 97--106
  • Changes in land-use governance in an Urban Era (2014)
    Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era, , 239--271
  • Emergent Global Land Governance (2014)
    Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era, , 183--200
  • Land Acquisitions for Food and Fuel (2014)
    Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, , 1325--1332
  • Land grabbing and global governance (2014)
  • The World Trade Organization and Food Security After the Global Food Crises (2014)
    Linking Global Trade and Human Rights: New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times, , 236
  • Trading out of the global food crisis? The World Trade Organization and the geopolitics of food security (2014)
    Geopolitics, 19 (2), 322--350
  • Food sovereignty and agricultural land use planning: The need to integrate public priorities across jurisdictions (2013)
    Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3 (4), 117--124
  • Global land governance: from territory to flow? (2013)
    Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5 (5), 522--527
  • Governing the Global Land Grab: Multipolarity, Ideas, and Complexity in Transnational Governance (2013)
    Globalizations, 10 (1), 65--86
  • Land Grabbing and Global Governance: Critical Perspectives (2013)
    Globalizations, 10 (1), 1--23
  • The Regime Complex for Food Security: Implications for the Global Hunger Challenge (2013)
    Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, 19 (1), 53--67
  • Global Food Security Governance: The Committee on World Food Security, Comprehensive Framework for Action and the G8/G20 (2012)
    The Challenge of Food Security: International Policy and Regulatory Frameworks, , 231--254
  • The evolving global governance of food security (2010)
    Available at SSRN 1823453,
  • Multilateral responses to the global food crisis (2009)
    CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 4 (012), 1--10
  • Whistling to the same tune? The contest over future WTO agricultural subsidies (2008)
    The Contest Over Future WTO Agricultural Subsidies (June 2008). GLOBALIZATION AND AUTONOMY ONLINE COMPENDIUM, William D. Coleman, Nancy Johnson, eds,

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