Professor Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division, WTO, discusses the practical changes to the WTO dispute settlement system in the last 20 years and current proposals for reform.
Settling International Trade Disputes at the World Trade Organisation (WTO): Possibilities for Reform and Innovations in Practice The Centre for Business Law and Practice is delighted to welcome Professor Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counsellor, Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization, and Associate Professor at the University of Geneva, to give a presentation at the School of Law at 5.30pm on Thursday 15 February 2018.
Professor Marceau will discuss the practical changes to the WTO dispute settlement in the last twenty years, as well as current proposals for change.
The discussion will include the possibility of amicus curiae and open hearings, the use of outside experts, the selection of panellists, the administration of evidence, the role of WTO staff in dispute and the efforts to increase the efficiency of the WTO Dispute settlement system.
The lecture will also address some of the weaknesses of the WTO system, in particular the recent "queues" before the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), and the issue relating to the appointment of Appellate Body members.
All welcome. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.
This event is free to attend but please register in advance
About the Speaker
Gabrielle Marceau, Ph.D., is Senior Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO Secretariat. She joined the GATT Secretariat in September 1994, having earlier been a member of the Quebec/Canada Bar, working in private practice in Quebec, mainly in labour law, insurance law and civil law. At the WTO Professor Marceau's main function is to advise panellists in disputes, the Director-General's Office, the Secretariat and WTO Members on WTO-related matters.
From September 2005 to January 2010, she was legal advisor in the Cabinet of former WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy and, from September 2016 to January 2017, she was Acting Director Officer in charge for LAD. She has also advised panelists in more than 20 WTO panel proceedings.
Professor Marceau is Associate Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva and has been Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the Sorbonne in Paris, Monash University in Melbourne, the World Trade Institute in Bern, amongst others.
She is President of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) and is also involved with other associations and groups promoting international law.
She has published extensively in WTO law and international economic law. See a selection of her publications.