Welber Barral

Brazilian Secretary of Foreign Trade

Welber Oliveira Barral has been the Foreign Trade Secretary at Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade since October of 2007. Dr. Barral earned his Law degree from the State University of Monte Claros (MG) in 1990. He received his Master in International Relations from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in 1983. Dr. Barral worked on his Ph.D in International Law at the University of São Paulo in 1999, and pursued post-Ph.D studies at Georgetown University in 2004. From 1994 to 1995, Dr. Barral served as a federal prosecutor in Florianopolis (SC). Since 1995, he has worked as a Professor of International Trade Law at the University of Santa Catarina. In addition, Dr. Barral has been a visiting Professor at several Universities, such as American University (United States), Universidad de Valencia (Spain), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Vytautas Magnus University School of Law (Lithuania). Dr. Barral is one of the most important scholars in the area of trade in Latin America and a member of the Permanent Mercosur Review Court. In 2002, he received the Moinho Santista Youth Award in International Relations, as well as a special award from the Argentine Ministry of the Economy. In his 20 plus-year career, Dr. Barral has published 23 books, among them Dumping and International Trade, Brazil and the WTO, Brazil and Protectionism, Multilateral Trade Negotiations, Arbitration and their Myths, as well as multiple articles and other publications.

Bridges news

27 March 2015
Por meio de uma análise sobre a participação do Brasil nas cadeias globais de valor, o ritmo de suas exportações e seu engajamento em negociações internacionais, os autores avaliam o quadro atual de inserção do país no comércio internacional.
29 April 2013
Este artigo discute iniciativas que dão continuidade ao processo de integração do Mercosul, mesmo em meio às dificuldades enfrentadas. O autor argumenta que a “maioridade” do bloco dependerá de sua contribuição à integração produtiva regional, bem como da previsibilidade de suas regras. O Mercado...
1 April 2008
O Sistema Multilateral de Comércio apregoa a abertura comercial dos países que se engajam nas trocas internacionais. A partir desta lógica básica, qualquer entrave que tenha por efeito impedir o comércio internacional e a concorrência estrangeira nos mercados internos traduzir-se-ia em uma medida...
1 November 2007
La importancia económica de China, en los últimos años, aumentó en forma exponencial para Latinoamérica y para el Mercosur, en particular. Los países de la región deberían estar preocupados por la posible competencia que este país puede representar en los mercados locales. El objetivo de este...
1 November 2007
While China’s economic importance to Latin America, and to Mercosur in particular, has increased exponentially over the past few years, countries in the region should be wary of potential competition in their domestic markets. Since the opening up of the Chinese economy and the reduction of export...