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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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Adelle Blackett

Faculty of Law, McGill University
Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development
Montreal, Canada Area
Adelle Blackett is Professor of Law & Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, and directs the Labour Law and Development Research Laboratory. She holds a B.A. from Queen’s, LL.B. & B.C.L. from McGill, and LL.M. & J.S.D. from Columbia. She received SSHRC’s Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research in 2010, and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship in 2016. A former official of the International Labour Office in Geneva, she later authored the law and practice report and questionnaire that led to ILO Convention No. 189 on decent work for domestic workers, and led an ILO labour law reform process in Haiti. She was unanimously appointed by the National Assembly of Quebec to the province’s Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission (2009-2016). She was awarded the Christine Tourigny Award of Merit from the Barreau du Québec and the status of advocate emeritus in 2014.