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The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium, organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade, is the leading multi-stakeholder platform for intellectual enquiry and dialogue on sustainable development and the global trade and investment system. It acts as an inclusive platform outside of the WTO negotiating setting for sharing ideas, engaging in dialogue, and influencing trade policy negotiations. Drawing in participants from government, business and civil society, the Symposium helps to maintain and elaborate a global vision of sustainable development in trade and investment policymaking.
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Tuesday, December 12 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Enforceability of Trade and Investment Rules That Support Sustainability: The Case of Dispute Settlement Mechanisms

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Dispute settlement provisions are an essential enforcement element of regional trade agreements (RTAs). In light of the different paces of rule-making at the multilateral level and regional level, dispute settlement mechanisms (DSMs) under RTAs are likely to become increasingly relevant in the future as litigious fora for addressing trade differences among trading partners, particularly with respect to WTO-extra obligations. However, the use of RTA DSMs has been fairly limited – a phenomenon that may be explained by political, cultural and technical factors, as well as case-specific elements. This session seeks to identify the reasons behind the limited use of regional DSMs, and discusses systemic options for enforcing trade and investment rules that support sustainability. Additionally, the session seeks to explore possibilities for convergence and coherence-building between RTAs and the multilateral trading system in the area of dispute settlement.

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Alejandro Jara

Former Deputy Director General, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Chile to the WTO
Alejandro Jara was born in 1949 in Santiago, Chile. He obtained his law degree from the University of Chile in 1973. He pursued graduate studies at the Law School, University of California at Berkeley (1975–1976). In 1976, he joined the Foreign Service of Chile where he specialized... Read More →

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Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin

Associate professor, FGV School of Law
Professor Michelle Ratton-Sanchez is Pontes Consultant in Brazil. Currently a professor at the Law School of Getulio Vargas Foundation (DireitoGV/ FGV-EDESP), in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and researcher at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Research (CEBRAP), for the project entitled... Read More →
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Henry Gao

Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University
Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University; Dongfang Scholar Chair Professor, Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade; Advisory board, WTO Chairs Program. Former: Deputy Director, East Asian International Economic Law and Policy Program, University of Hong Kong; Law Instructor... Read More →
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Jennifer Hillman

Professor of International Law, Georgetown Law School
Jennifer Hillman is a professor of international law at Georgetown Law School in Washington DC, teaching and writing about international trade, investment and economic law. She has had a distinguished career in public service, having served as a member of the WTO Appellate Body, as... Read More →
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Joost Pauwelyn

Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Joost Pauwelyn is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and Co-Director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration. He is also the Murase Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center in... Read More →
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Amy Porges

Principal, Porges Trade Law PLLC
Amy Porges advises companies, governments and trade associations on how to use WTO law, trade agreements and investment rules to solve complex market access problems.  She represents governments and stakeholders in negotiations and litigation in the WTO and free trade agreements... Read More →
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Geraldo Vidigal

Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam
Geraldo Vidigal is Assistant Professor in Public International Law and International Trade Law at the University of Amsterdam. He received his PhD in International Law from the University of Cambridge and has worked as a Dispute Settlement Lawyer at the WTO Legal Affairs Division... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm GMT-03
Theater - San Martin Bolsa de Cereales, Buenos Aires, Argentina