Robert McDougall is an independent international trade law consultant. His areas of expertise include international economic governance, trade law, dispute settlement, digital trade, trade facilitation and sustainable development. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
Robert spent 15 years as an international trade lawyer and diplomat at Global Affairs Canada (formerly Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada), during which time he provided trade law advice and litigated disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO). As permanent delegate to the WTO for five years, he was Canada’s representative to the Dispute Settlement Body, in negotiations to improve the dispute settlement system, and in many disputes involving Canada.
Previously, as a permanent delegate to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, he represented Canada in activities relating to trade, agriculture, science, technology, industry, including major initiatives on innovation, digital economy and green growth.