James Bacchus

James Bacchus is Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and the Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida.  He is a founding Member and served two terms as Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, where he and his judicial colleagues judged all of the international trade disputes during the first decade of the WTO. American Lawyer magazine has described him as “the John Marshall of the WTO.”  Bacchus is also a former Member of the Congress of the United States, from Florida, and a former Special Assistant to the United States Trade Representative.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute, a Global Fellow of the Center for International Governance Innovation, Senior Counsellor to the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development, and Chair of the global Commission on Trade and Investment Policy of the International Chamber of Commerce. He has served as a member of the High-Level Advisory Panel to the President of the Conference of Partiesof the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and as Chair of the Global Council on Governance for Sustainability of the World Economic Forum.  He is the author of the book “Trade and Freedom” and of the forthcoming book “The Willing World: Shaping and Sharing a Sustainable Global Prosperity,” forthcoming in 2018 from Cambridge University Press.

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