The WTO Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will be attended by trade ministers as well as other senior officials from the World Trade Organization’s 164 members. The Ministerial Conference is the highest decision-making body of the WTO and under the Marrakesh Agreement it is required to meet at least once every two years.
At MC11, members of CIGI's Economic Law Research Program and Executive team will contribute sought after research and analysis through various panel discussions and official side events.
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.
James Bacchus is a CIGI senior fellow, as well as the Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida.
Markus Gehring is a CIGI senior fellow focusing on international economic law, trade and climate change, as well as trade, investment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also the Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and a fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.
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.
Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. He served on CIGI's former International Board of Governors from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
Valerie Hughes is a CIGI senior fellow and an adjunct assistant professor of law at Queen’s University. An expert in international trade law and international dispute settlement, she served as director of the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization (WTO) from 2010 to 2016 and as director of the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat from 2001 to 2005. Valerie also spent 22 years with the Government of Canada, and litigated before international courts and tribunals on trade law, investment law, and law of the sea matters.