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Padideh Ala’i

Padideh Ala’i is a Professor of Law at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL) in Washington D.C. where she specializes in areas of international trade law and development and comparative legal traditions. Specifically, she teaches the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and writes in the areas of history and free trade, international efforts to combat corruption as well as issues relating to trade and good governance. In 2005 and 2009 Professor Alai was the Acting Director of the International Legal Studies Program. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988 and was in private legal practice with the law firms of Jones Day and Reichler, Milton and Medel prior to joining the Faculty of the WCL in 1997. In private practice Professor Ala’i represented developing country governments, including Guyana, Nicaragua, Uganda, China and the Philippines in their negotiations with foreign investors, US Government and its federal agencies, as well as multilateral institutions such as the World Bank. She also represented multinational corporations in international business transaction and advised them on pending U.S. banking legislation. From 1992-1996, Professor Ala’i was part of the legal team representing the Government of Philippines in international litigation and arbitration against Westinghouse Corporation.


Ljiljana Biukovic

Ljiljana Biuković teaches Contracts, European Union Law, External Relations of European Union, and Comparative Law at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. Her current research interests are the adaptation of international legal norms by national governments, the impact of regionalism on multilateral trade negotiations and the development of European Union Law. She is an associate of the Institute for European Studies. In 2000-01 she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Institute for European Studies of UBC. She developed and teaches a seminar on External Relations of the European Union for the Institute and the Faculty of Law, for which she received the European Commission's grant "Jean Monnet Module". Professor Biuković has recently received Farris Award to examine the interface between the arbitration and the courts with primary emphasis on the powers of arbitrators to award equitable remedies.


David Castle

David Castle holds the Canada Research Chair in Science and Society and is Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. He holds cross-appointments with the Department of Philosophy, the Civil Law Section and the Common Law Section.  His research addresses the interaction between science and technology innovation and society, particularly the ethical and legal issues posed by new biotechnology. Prof. Castle is the principal investigator on the Genome Canada funded project Knowledge Management and Food Security and is the principal investigator on the Social Issues in Nutritional Genomics: the Design of Appropriate Regulatory Systems and Issues of Public Representations and Understanding which is supported by the Advanced Foods and Materials Network. Prof. Castle’s books include Genetically Modified Foods: Debating Biotechnology, Science, Society and the Supermarket.


Dr. Peter W. Hogg, C.C., Q.C.

Peter Hogg is Scholar in Residence at Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP and Professor Emeritus and former Dean at the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He is the leading constitutional law scholar in Canada. He is the author of one of the major constitutional law treatises, Constitutional Law of Canada (Carswell, 5th ed., 2007), which is now published in loose-leaf (as well as bound) format. He is also the author of Liability of the Crown (Carswell, 3rd ed., 2000, with Patrick J. Monahan). A study of the Supreme Court of Canada's citations found that his writings had been cited more than twice as frequently as any other single source. His career has included giving advice to the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, other provincial governments, legislative committees, various public bodies, aboriginal organizations and private law firms. He has appeared as counsel in a number of constitutional cases, including 13 cases in the Supreme Court of Canada.


Dr. Pieter Jan Kuijper

Pieter Jan Kuijper returned in September 2007 to the University of Amsterdam as Professor of the Law of International Organizations after more than twenty years in the service of the European Commission, latterly as Principal Legal Advisor and Director of External Relations and Trade Law in the Commission Legal Service. He has also been Director of the Legal Affairs Division of the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (1999- 2002). He received his education at the University of Leiden (Law 1970, cum laude), the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. (M.A. 1972, with distinction), and the University of Amsterdam (Ph.D. 1978). He has taught at the University of Leiden (international organizations, 1972 – 1979) and at the University of Amsterdam (Professor of International Law, 1984 – 1987). During his years as practitioner of international law, he has continued to teach, inter alia, at the University of Amsterdam and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He has published extensively on European Community law, WTO law, general international law and the relationship between them. He is a member of several professional societies and of the boards of editors and advisory boards of several international and Community law reviews.


Yves Le Bouthillier

Le professeur Yves Le Bouthillier enseigne en droit international, notamment le droit international de la personne et le droit international de l'environnement et dans des domaines connexes comme le droit de l'immigration et des réfugiés a l’Université d’Ottawa. La grande majorité de ses publications porte sur le droit international public. Il s’intéresse également à la protection des minorités linguistiques et a coédité un ouvrage sur ce sujet en 2006. Il est présentement directeur de l’Académie de droit de l’environnement de l’UICN et est co-éditeur d’un ouvrage à paraître prochainement sur les changements climatiques et les pays en développement. De juin 2005 et décembre 2006 il a occupé le poste de président de la Commission du droit du Canada. Il a siégé également sur le Conseil des Gouverneurs de la Commission du droit de l’Ontario. Il a été vice-doyen du programme de common law en français de la Faculté de droit de l’Université d’Ottawa de juillet 2002 à juin 2005. D’août 2000 à juin 2002, il était universitaire en résidence à la Direction du droit économique, des océans et de l’environnement au ministère des Affaires étrangères et du commerce international. En 2001, l’équipe de négociation dont il était membre s’est méritée le Prix du chef de la fonction publique pour sa contribution au développement et à l’adoption de la Convention de Stockholm sur les polluants organiques persistants.


James Mathis

James Mathis is an associate professor in the Department of International Law and a research fellow in the Amsterdam Center for International Law. He participates in the research school Ius Commune. His research interests include International trade law and the WTO, regional trade agreements in the WTO, transatlantic trade issues, technical barriers to trade, and regional / international competition policies. He is the managing editor of “Legal Issues of Economic Integration”, a Kluwer Law journal published four times each year. He is on the Advisory Board for TRALAC, (Capetown, SA), and an occasional advisor on trade and competition issues for UNCTAD, Geneva.

Dr. A.A.M. (Annette) Schrauwen

Annette Schrauwen is the Head of the Department of International Law at the University of Amsterdam, where she is a senior lecturer and researcher. She is editor of the journal, Legal Issues of Economic Integration. As a professor, she teaches courses in the law of European integration, the law of the internal market, and the law of European rights. The primary focus of her research is on free movement within the European Union. In 2005, she edited the book, Rule of Reason: Rethinking another Classic of EU Law.  Her current research focuses on the influence of EU free movement on national social and education policies. She completed her Ph.D. in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam in 1997, on the subject: Marché intérieur: Recherches sur une notion.


Dr. Ronald H. van Ooik

Since 2004, Ronald van Ooik has been a senior lecturer and researcher in the Department of European Law, Faculty of Law at University of Amsterdam where he is currently Academic Coordinator of the Master’s in International and European Law Program. Since 1990, he has also been a member of the Department of the Law of International Organizations at Utrecht University. His main research focus is on the institutional law of the European Union. He has written numerous articles on European law, in particular, on the system of judicial protection, free movement of persons, enlargement of the European Union, as well as education and EU law. In addition to teaching at the Universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht, he offers many courses, training workshops and seminars for third parties, including law firms, the European Commission and the Government of the Netherlands. In 1999, he completed his Ph.D. thesis which deals with the choice of the legal basis for decisions of the European Union.


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