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 fellow. Bernard is also a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, where he co-directs the Trade Policy Research Network.
Hector Torres is a senior fellow at CIGI and a former executive director at the International Monetary Fund.
Hugo Perezcano Díaz was the deputy director of International Economic Law at CIGI.
Maria Panezi is a research 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 E. Fitzgerald was director of international law at CIGI from April 2014 to February 2020. In this role, she established and oversaw CIGI’s international law research agenda, which included policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, IP 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.