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Rufus Yerxa – WTO and sustainable development

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Date: 26 March 2010
The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies


4th annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2010

Trading towards unsustainability? – The legal challenges

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Rufus Yerxa, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO)
WTO and sustainable development

Rufus H. Yerxa has served as Deputy Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) since 2002.

His private sector experience includes both law practice and a senior corporate role. He was a resident partner in the Brussels office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where his practice focused on international trade matters and European regulatory affairs. He subsequently joined Monsanto Company, a leading producer of agricultural input products, where he was in charge of the law, government affairs and public affairs departments for Europe and Africa. He later served as Monsanto’s international counsel in Washington. In his capacity as U.S. representative to the GATT and as the Deputy United States Trade Representative in Washington. Rufus played a major role in negotiating and securing Congressional approval of both the Uruguay Round/WTO agreement and the NAFTA accord.

Mr. Yerxa holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Washington, a J.D. degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now the Seattle University School of Law) and an LLB in international law from Cambridge University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

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