Valerie Hughes

Valerie Hughes is a senior fellow at CIGI, senior counsel with Bennett Jones LLP and adjunct assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University. She spent 22 years with the Government of Canada in various positions, including assistant deputy minister, Law Branch, at Finance Canada; director and general counsel of the Trade Law Bureau in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada); and senior counsel in the International Law Section at Justice Canada.

Valerie Hughes
Expertise
International Trade Law
International Dispute Settlement

Bio

Valerie Hughes is a senior fellow at CIGI, senior counsel with Bennett Jones LLP and adjunct assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University. She spent 22 years with the Government of Canada in various positions, including assistant deputy minister, Law Branch, at Finance Canada; director and general counsel of the Trade Law Bureau in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada); and senior counsel in the International Law Section at Justice Canada. Valerie represented Canada before WTO panels and the WTO Appellate Body, as well as before a NAFTA investor-state tribunal. She was also part of Canada’s legal team in the Gulf of Maine case before the International Court of Justice. Valerie also worked in the WTO in Geneva and is the only person to have served both as director of the WTO Legal Affairs Division (2010–2016) and director of the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat (2001–2005). Valerie served as a WTO panellist in two disputes and is on the NAFTA Chapter 19 roster, as well as the roster of panel chairs for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Valerie has written extensively about WTO dispute settlement.

From this expert

Title Topic Type PDF
Modernizing the World Trade Organization WTO Essay Series
Video: Moving Forward from the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Paralysis Trade, WTO Video
Approaches to Modernizing the Dispute Settlement Understanding Trade, WTO Opinion
Gender Chapters in Trade Agreements: Nice Rhetoric or Sound Policy? Gender, Trade Opinion
Reflections on Canada’s Past, Present and Future in International Law Democracy, Diplomacy Books
Reflections: A Conversation with Editors Oonagh E. Fitzgerald, Valerie Hughes and Mark Jewett Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Investor State Arbitration Video
Reshaping Trade through Women's Economic Empowerment Gender, WTO Event
Canada: A Key Player in WTO Dispute Settlement Trade, WTO Collected Series
Support for Gender-responsive Trade Policies at WTO Ministerial Conference Gender, Trade, WTO Opinion
Saving the Crown Jewel: Strengthening the WTO Dispute Settlement System During Turbulent Times WTO Event
WTO Eleventh Ministerial Conference WTO Event
Canada in International Law at 150: Past, Present and Future - Featuring Yves Fortier Diplomacy Video
Brexit and International Trade: One Year after the Referendum Brexit, Trade CIGI Papers
Reshaping International Trade and Investment to Serve a Complex and Changing World Trade Event