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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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William Burke-White

Perry World House, Unversity of Pennsylvania
Professor and Director
Philadelphiaa, PA
William Burke-White is a professor of law at Penn Law School and inaugural director of Perry World House. An international lawyer and political scientist, Burke-White researches and writes about the relationships between law and politics in international affairs. His current scholarship examines how the rise of countries such as China, Russia, Brazil, and India is changing the international legal system and the prospects for effective international responses to global governance challenges. Burke-White has published extensively in the fields of international law and institutions, with particular focus on global governance institutions, international criminal law, human rights law, and international financial law. From 2009 to 2011, Burke-White served in the Obama Administration on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, where he crafted recommendations on multilateral affairs, international institutions, and the Russian Federation. He was also the principal drafter and participated in the implementation of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. Burke-White holds both a bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard University, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in international relations from Cambridge University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Burke-White is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Society of International Law.