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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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Joost Pauwelyn

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Professor of International Law
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 Washington DC and leads the www.tradelab.org network of legal clinics on international economic law. Before joining the Graduate Institute, Joost was a tenured professor at Duke Law School. He served as legal officer at the WTO from 1996 to 2002 and practiced law at a major Brussels law firm. Joost advises governments and non-state actors in dispute settlement under the WTO and FTAs and investor-state arbitration. From 2007 to 2014 he was Senior Advisor with the law firm of King & Spalding LLP. Joost received degrees from the Universities of Namur and Leuven, Belgium as well as Oxford University and holds a doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. He was appointed on the roster of WTO panelists and as arbitrator under Free Trade Agreements and the Energy Charter Treaty. He is a Member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators. Joost is the author of one of the leading case books on International Trade Law (Aspen, 2016, 3nd ed., with A. Guzman & J. Hillman). In 2015, he was appointed as Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of International Economic Law.