Debra Steger

Debra Steger is professor emerita at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and a senior fellow at CIGI and the C. D. Howe Institute. She was the first director of the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO. During the Uruguay Round, she was Canada’s principal legal counsel and senior negotiator on dispute settlement and the establishment of the WTO.

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Expertise
International Law and Dispute Settlement
International Trade and Investment
International Organizations
Emerging Global Economies

Bio

Debra Steger is professor emerita at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and a senior fellow at CIGI and the C. D. Howe Institute. She was the first director of the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO. During the Uruguay Round, she was Canada’s principal legal counsel and senior negotiator on dispute settlement and the establishment of the WTO. She has been general counsel of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and practised international trade, investment and competition law with national law firms in Canada. Debra has served as a chair and a panellist in dispute settlement cases in the WTO, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade, has been appointed to dispute settlement rosters under trade agreements, and has acted as counsel in WTO and NAFTA disputes. She is vice president of TradeLab (www.tradelab.org), a global network of law school clinics connecting students with developing countries, small and medium-sized enterprises and non-governmental organizations. She has managed major international research networks relating to emerging economies and trade negotiations. She serves on several editorial, educational and advisory boards, and has published extensively on international trade and investment law, the WTO and international dispute settlement.

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Select Publications

  1. Steger, Debra P. ed
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    2014
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    The World Trade Organization: Critical Perspectives on the World Economy
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    London: Routledge
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  2. Steger, Debra P
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    2013
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    Prospects in International Investment Law and Policy
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    In International Trade and Investment: Towards a Common Regime
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    Edited by Roberto Echandi and Pierre Sauvé. Cambridge University Press
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  3. Steger, Debra P
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    2012
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    Legal Issues of Economic Integration
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    Institutions for Regulatory Cooperation in 'New Generation' Economic and Trade Agreements
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    38 (4): 109-126
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  4. Steger, Debra P
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    2012
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    Improving International Investment Agreements
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    In Enhancing the Legitimacy of International Investment Law by Establishing an Appellate Mechanism
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    Edited by Armand de Mestral and Céline Lévesque. London: Routledge
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  5. Steger, Debra P
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    2012
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    Trade and Development Symposium: Perspectives on the Multilateral Trading System
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    In Strengthening the WTO Dispute Settlement System: Establishment of a Dispute Tribunal
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    Geneva: International Centre for Sustainable Trade and Development (ICTSD)
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  6. Steger, Debra P. ed
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    2010
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    Redesigning the World Trade Organization for the Twenty-first Century
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    English; 2011 Chinese Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press CIGI and IDRC (English original) Shanghai: Shanghai People's Publishing House (Chinese translation)
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