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 CIGI senior research fellow. Bernard is also a Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) research fellow, where he co-directs the Trade Policy Research Network; a visiting professor at the School for Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex; a senior associate of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab countries, Turkey and Iran; and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on International Trade and Investment
Hector Torres is a senior fellow at CIGI and 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 was the deputy director of International Economic Law at CIGI.
As director of international law at CIGI, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.
Robert McDougall is a CIGI senior fellow. His focus is on international trade cooperation, multilateral governance, China and the World Trade Organization, digital trade and dispute settlement.