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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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Cherise Valles

Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL)
Deputy Director
Ms Valles is Deputy Director at the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL). Before becoming Deputy Director, Ms. Valles had been Senior Counsel at the ACWL since 2001. She has assisted ACWL developing country Members in several dispute settlement proceedings before the WTO Appellate Body, panels and arbitrators. She has drafted hundreds of legal opinions on the WTO agreements and was actively involved in the development of the ACWL training programmes.Before the ACWL, Ms Valles was at the U.S. law firm of Sonnenschein (now Dentons). She provided advice to corporate clients on international trade law issues, including on the WTO agreements and the NAFTA. Prior to Sonnenschein, she was Counsel in the Trade Law Bureau of the Canadian government, where she provided legal advice and advocacy services in several WTO cases. Ms Valles joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1989. Ms Valles has a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science from McGill University, a M.A. in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Bar of Ontario, Canada.