"I am honoured to have been asked to undertake
this new assignment for ICC. I look forward to my work with others on
the Commission to help create more jobs and more economic growth by
lowering the remaining barriers to international trade and investment
Mr Bacchus was
the only North American of the Appellate Body during his eight years and two
terms of service to the WTO. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the global
trade rules in the WTO treaty, which are over 30,000 pages. He has also written
and contributed to the clarification of these rules in WTO dispute settlements,
which amount to more than 50,000 pages.
Mr Bacchus is
one of two chairs of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Practice Group. He is a former member
of the Congress of the United States (1991-1995), who represented the 15th
Congressional District of Florida as a member of the United States House of
Representatives. He is also a former Special Assistant to the United States
Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President.
Mr Bacchus was
the only member of the Appellate Body who served on the tribunal during all 60 appeals
in the first eight years of the new international trade institution, which is
the global successor to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade – the GATT.
The international trade disputes he judged involved billions of dollars in annual
trade relating to goods, services and intellectual property. Cases included
apples and bananas, automobiles and airplanes, semiconductors and
supercomputers, agriculture, textiles, clothing, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and
He became known
for his work on trade and The American
Lawyer said: "James Bacchus, as much as anyone, can lay claim to being
the John Marshall of the World Trade Organization."
While in Congress,
Mr Bacchus led bipartisan efforts to advance international trade issues. He was
a supporter of presidential "fast-track" negotiating authority on
trade issues, a leading supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA), a vocal advocate of extending most-favoured-nation treatment for
China, a champion of the Caribbean Basin Initiative, and one of the six
original co-sponsors of implementing legislation for the Uruguay Round trade
agreements that established the WTO.
He is a member
of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Evian
Group. He has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of
Mr Bacchus authored
the book Trade and Freedom, published
in London in 2004. He writes and speaks frequently on international issues in
publications and on platforms worldwide.
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