James Bacchus

Senior Counsellor

James Bacchus is Senior Counsellor at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). He is also 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 one of the seven founding Members and served twice as the Chairman of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization, the highest international tribunal of world trade.  He is a former Member of the Congress of the United States and a former US international trade negotiator. For more than 14 years following completion of his service on the WTO Appellate Body he was chair of the global practice of the largest law firm in the United States and one of the largest in the world. He is the author of the books Trade and Freedom (2004) and The Willing World: Shaping and Sharing a Sustainable Global Prosperity (forthcoming in 2018 from Cambridge University Press). He appears frequently on leading platforms and in prominent publications worldwide.

 

Opinion

18 June 2018
World Trade Organization rules can be used affirmatively to combat climate change by imposing new and more specific trade disciplines on fossil fuel subsidies. Decisions must be made on how to define fossil fuel subsidies, how to separate the inefficient from the efficient, and how best to measure...
5 March 2018
Trade and climate change are inextricably intertwined. Yet the trade and climate regimes are set for a collision that could undermine their legitimacy and efficiency. This post argues that a high priority for the G20 under the presidency of Argentina should be to move the World Trade Organization...
19 April 2017
In this article, the author weighs the potential implications of the proposed “border adjusted tax” (BAT), ranging from higher consumer prices to diminished competitiveness of US-made products in both US and foreign markets. The BAT would also critically be in violation of US treaty obligations as...
24 January 2017
The author of this column argues that the corporate “destination-based cash-flow tax” proposed by House Republicans could provoke WTO lawsuits against the United States in the same way that new high tariffs would. He concludes that a better corporate tax option – legal under international law –...

Bridges news

20 July 2018
Este artigo sustenta que uma das prioridades do G20 sob a Presidência da Argentina deve ser orientar os trabalhos no âmbito da OMC e da UNFCCC na direção de ações mais concretas com vistas ao incremento do comércio e, simultaneamente, ao avanço no combate à mudança climática.
10 April 2017
很多人担忧美国总统唐纳德·特朗普威胁的惩罚性关税将引发全球对美国贸易的反冲,包括在世界贸易组织中对美国提起大量的成功诉讼,因而敦促新总统支持共和党人正在大力推动尝试颁布的边境调节税(代替惩罚性关税)。 Paul Ryan表示,相对于用关税来反击其他国家所谓的不公平贸易做法,将边界调整作为企业税收改革的一部分是一种更好的做法。他预见这种替代做法会在不引起贸易战争的情况下创造公平的竞争环境。另一位主要的共和党议员,加利福尼亚州的Devin Nunes也补充说:“一旦人们熟悉边界可调性,理解这个问题就会变得容易。这种做法比关税要好得多。” 到目前为止,总统似乎没有被共和党人说服,...
15 September 2016
Se han pasado por alto importantes oportunidades para que el sistema comercial contribuya al combate contra el cambio climático. El Grupo de expertos de la Iniciativa E15 sobre Cambio Climático, en conjunto con ICTSD y el Foro Económico Mundial y en sociedad con Climate Strategies, ha intentado...