Thomas Cottier is Professor emeritus of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern, a senior research fellow at the World Trade Institute, and adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. He was the founder and managing director of the World Trade Institute from 1999-2015 and SNF National Centre of Competence NCCR on International Trade Regulation, and before the Deputy Director General of the Swiss Intellectual Property Office. He served on the Swiss negotiating team of the Uruguay Round and on EFTA-EU EEA negotiations. He has been a member and chair of numerous GATT and WTO panels. He has published widely in international economic law and currently directs a research programme developing the doctrine of common concern of human kind.