How can the WTO be reformed to manage 21st-century and global challenges?
It is time to bring the world trading system into the 21st century, argues James Bacchus in his new book Trade Links – New Rules for a New World (Cambridge University Press). The economy has changed and new global issues – like climate change and pandemics – have taken a central stage in commercial policy in many parts of the world. The World Trade Organisation needs to be changed to accommodate both the structural economic shifts and societal challenges that link to global trade. How can it be done? Please join us for an in-person conversation with James Bacchus.
James Bacchus is the Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida. He was a founding judge and was twice the Chairman – the chief judge – of the highest court of world trade, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization. He has judged more WTO trade disputes than anyone else in the world and has been described by The American Lawyer magazine as “the John Marshall of the World Trade Organization.” Professor Bacchus is a former Member of the Congress of the United States, from Florida, served on the High-Level Advisory Panel to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, providing advice and counsel during the negotiation of the Paris climate agreement. He is a member of the leadership council of the United States chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.