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, during which time she held various positions, including assistant deputy minister at the Department of Finance, general counsel of the Trade Law Division at Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and senior counsel in the International Law Division of the Department of Justice. She has served as counsel for Canada and litigated before international courts and tribunals on trade law, investment law, and law of the sea matters.

Valerie has published several articles and chapters on WTO law and dispute settlement, as well as on maritime boundary disputes. Valerie was recently awarded the John E. Read Medal by the Canadian Council on International Law for her “distinguished contribution to international law and organisations.”

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