Roderick Abbott

Email: roderick.abbott@ecipe.org

Office: +32 (0)2 289 1350


 

Roderick Abbott is a member of ECIPE’s Steering Committee and Advisory Board and a Senior Adviser on trade policy at ECIPE, covering issues which go from GATT and WTO to European trade policy. Although officially retired since 2005, he remains fascinated with the trade world. He is also a part-time consultant with KREAB, a Swedish economic consultancy in Brussels.

After 10 years doing trade work with the British Government, he spent 30 years in DG Trade at the European Commission. During its time at the Commission, he was working as a central member of the European negotiating teams during two GATT negotiation rounds: the Tokyo Round (1975-79) and the Uruguay Round (1987-93).

In the early years of WTO, he was the EU Ambassador in Geneva and he was later a close collaborator with Pascal Lamy, the Trade Commissioner. After leaving the Commission, he was for three years a Deputy Director General at the WTO in Geneva. He has written about how the Doha Round might have been negotiated differently, and about dispute settlement in the WTO – with a focus on the participation of developing countries in years 1995 to 2005.

  • ECIPE Bulletins

    The Trade Consequences of Brexit: How I See the Situation

    By Roderick Abbott

    The trade consequences of Brexit are just one element of the overall withdrawal exercise to be triggered by a notification under Article 50 TEU. Withdrawal covers policy areas such as EU jurisdiction through the ECJ; broad areas of regulation, mainly for Single Marker purposes; citizen’s rights (EU and UK) and immigration questions – among others.

  • ECIPE Occasional Papers

    Demystifying Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

    By Fredrik Erixon, Roderick Abbott, Martina F. Ferracane

    Investor-State Dispute Settlement, a legal provision in Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) or other International Investment Agreements that gives investors a right to call for arbitration with a state, has recently become the centre of controversy in a debate over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Critics argue that such a provision is either illegitimate,…

  • ECIPE Policy Briefs

    Nowhere To Go? Surveillance, Privacy Rules and Trade Talks

    By Roderick Abbott

    This policy brief outlines the chronology of the developments since Edward Snowden leaked the documents on large-scale electronic surveillance, including PRISM and Tempora programmes, the policy implications and the public’s response. It concludes that the nature of the debate has shifted from a legal and constitutional issue about US surveillance, to a global concern. The…

  • ECIPE Bulletins

    Trade and Development at the Crossroads?

    By Roderick Abbott

    This paper seeks to look at EU Trade and Development policies which seem to be at a crucial moment – crucial in the sense of the point at which the two policies meet and cross each other. The two ought to go in tandem, hand in hand; but in reality there are increasingly obstacles at…

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