At a time when the debate on trade has rarely been as prominent or controversial, the WTO's 2017 Public Forum offers an opportunity to go beyond the rhetoric and examine in detail the realities of trade – the opportunities it offers and the challenges it can bring. The Forum will provide a platform for frank discussions among policy makers, civil society representatives, business people and researchers as they consider how to make trade work for more people and ensure that the trading system is as inclusive as it can be.
CIGI's International Law Research Program will be an exhibitor at the Forum and will provide expert commentary on two plenary sessions: Progressive Approaches to Public Participation in Trade Policy and Refreshing the Work - Trade Relationship Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals.
Bernard M. Hoekman is a senior research fellow with CIGI's International Law Research Program.
Hector Torres is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program, effective April 2017. He is a former executive director at the International Monetary Fund. At the World Trade Organization (WTO), he served on the Task Force on Financial Crisis and was the coordinator of Technical Cooperation for Latin America and the Caribbean. At CIGI, Hector will conduct research on global governance reform, on the Group of Twenty and WTO ministerial, and on promoting legal coherence in global policy making.
Hugo Perezcano Díaz is deputy director of international economic law with the International Law Research Program (ILRP) and was previously a CIGI senior fellow with the ILRP. Prior to joining CIGI, he was an attorney and international trade consultant in his private practice.
Maria Panezi is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. She holds a Ph.D. in law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, where she wrote her dissertation on transparency in the World Trade Organization.
Oonagh Fitzgerald is director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. She has extensive experience as a senior executive of various departments of the federal government, including with the Department of Justice and Department of National Defence.
Robert McDougall is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program (ILRP). His focus is on the legal aspects of inclusive trade, the digital economy, privacy standards, trade facilitation, Brexit, and the formal and informal mechanisms for dispute resolution.