Robert McDougall

Senior Fellow

Robert McDougall is a Senior Fellow at ICTSD and an independent international trade law consultant. His main research interests are in the trade law aspects of climate change, inclusive trade, trade facilitation, ecommerce, Brexit as well as formal and informal mechanisms for dispute resolution.

Robert spent fifteen years as an international trade lawyer at Global Affairs Canada (formerly Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada), during which time he provided trade law advice and litigated disputes before the WTO. As permanent delegate to the WTO for five years, he was Canada’s representative to the Dispute Settlement Body, to negotiations to improve the dispute settlement system, and in many disputes involving Canada. Previously, as Canada’s permanent delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, he represented Canada in OECD activities relating to trade, agriculture, science, technology, industry, including major initiatives on innovation, digital economy and green growth. 


12 January 2018
The current impasse in the appointment of new members to the World Trade Organization Appellate Body risks leading to a dysfunctional dispute settlement system. This post argues that it is a long-standing collective governance failure that has provided the US with the pretext and the opportunity to...