The Rodolfo Rivas Project

The Rodolfo Rivas Project

Prof. Dr. Peter Van den Bossche

October 16, 2021

Season 3 Episode 14 – Prof. Dr. Peter Van den Bossche. Former Chairman of the Appellate Body at the WTO and current Director of Studies at the World Trade Institute in Bern.

I met Prof. Van den Bossche when I was an intern at the Appellate Body, and since then, I remember being impressed by how knowledgeable and kind he was. I did not know it at the time, but those felt like the golden years of the Appellate Body and one of the reasons for this witnessing the high-level work of the Appellate Body Members and the Appellate Body Secretariat.

But it is better if you hear this from Prof. Van den Bossche. We discuss going into law with a stronger emphasis on European law, particularly at the European Court of Justice. His interest and focus shifted towards International Economic Law when he studied at the University of Michigan Law School under Prof. John Jackson. Eventually, he made his way to the Appellate Body in the early days, and he tells us a bit about what he experienced during those formative years of the Appellate Body.

He then tells us a bit about the selection process to become a candidate for the AB. He then shares some of the significant differences in his experience serving as an AB Member and serving as part of the Secretariat.

He also shares his views on the MPIA and what a future AB could look like. Lastly, he tells us a bit about his experiences with the WTI and the much-awaited 5th edition of The Law and Policy of the WTO.

We could have talked for hours, and in fact, we did talk for quite a bit after switching off the mic. So perhaps we will have to do the first, second part episode.

It was a great conversation, and I was thrilled to talk to Prof. Van den Bossche. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Conversations with talented individuals (lawyers, diplomats, entrepreneurs, academics, filmmakers, etc.) in International Geneva and beyond. Currently in season 3, and going strong.

Some of our guests include: Dr. Willy Mutunga (former Chief Justice Kenya), Dr. Chang-fa Lo (former Constitutional Court Justice), Dr. Grethel Aguilar (Acting DG of IUCN), Dr. Peter Van den Bossche (fmr. Chairman of the Appellate Body WTO), Jesus Seade (Undersecretary for North America Mexico's MFA), Amb. Angel Villalobos (Mexico to the WTO), Petros Mavoridis (Columbia Law School & CAS Arbitrator), Edward Kwakwa (Assistant DG at WIPO), Howard Stupp (two-time Pan American gold medalist & fmr. Director of Legal Affairs at IOC), David Zonana (filmmaker), Luke Lorentzen (filmmaker) and Andreas Koefoed (filmmaker).

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