Academic journal article Canada-United States Law Journal

List of Conference Speakers

Academic journal article Canada-United States Law Journal

List of Conference Speakers

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Jean Anderson, a partner at Weil Gotshal in the firm's International Arbitration and Trade practice, is an international trade policy strategist and litigator for companies and governments around the world. She provides strategic trade policy advice and counsels companies, associations, and governments on trade and investment matters, including World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlements, subsidies and antidumping litigation, treaty-based arbitration, regional and multinational trade negotiations, market access, and international regulatory issues. She has been counsel in more than twenty WTO panel and Appellate Body proceedings; she was lead respondents' counsel in the United States-Canada softwood lumber dispute--one of the largest, most complex, and most politically charged international trade disputes in history; and she has successfully represented companies in trade remedy and other proceedings involving a range of industries, including steel, semiconductors, industrial equipment, metals, and agricultural products. Ms. Anderson has consistently been recognized as a leading international trade lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, and Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.

Before joining Weil Gotshal in 1989, Ms. Anderson was Chief Counsel for International Trade at the United States Department of Commerce. In that position, she was a principal negotiator of the United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement and a primary architect of the Chapter 19 dispute settlement system. In prior government and private positions, Ms. Anderson was a chief United States negotiator on steel trade and an international business consultant on Asia.

Ms. Anderson has been a member of the Council of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and has chaired the Section's International Trade and Canada Committees. She has taught international trade law at Georgetown University Law Center, and is on the faculty of the Academy of WTO Law and Policy at Georgetown. She holds degrees from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques of the University of Pads, Northwestern University, and Georgetown University Law Center, where she was executive editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Kevin Banks is appointed to the Faculty of Law at Queen's University. He holds an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School (2003), and an LL.B. (1989) and B.A. (1986) in economics from the University of Toronto. He has served in a number of senior positions within the Public Service of Canada, including Director General, Labor Policy and Workplace Information, Director of Research with the Federal Labor Standards Review Commission, and Director, Inter-American Labor Cooperation. In the latter capacity was responsible for the office that negotiates and implements Canada's trade-related labor agreements in the Americas, and for managing Canada's participation in Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor. From 1998 to April 2001, he was Senior Labor Law Advisor with the Secretariat of the Commission for Labor Cooperation, created under international labor agreement linked to the North American Free Trade Agreement. Prior to joining the Commission Secretariat, Kevin practiced labor law for seven years, representing unions and individual workers. In 1993, he acted as a consultant to the United States Department of Labor's Commission on the Future of Worker-Management Relations. His S.J.D. dissertation explored the policy underpinnings of the linkage between international trade and labor standards, and the challenges that this linkage poses to traditional models of international governance. He has a number of publications on domestic, international, and comparative labor law and related matters, including a recent contribution to an edited volume published by Cambridge University Press ("The Impact of Globalization on Labour Standards," Globalization and the Future of Labor Law (John Craig and Michael Lynk eds. …

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