The Rodolfo Rivas Project

The Rodolfo Rivas Project

Prof. Gabrielle Marceau

November 13, 2021

Season 3 Episode 16 – Professor Gabrielle Marceau, Ph.D.. Counsellor for Research on Legal Policy at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Gabrielle is a Canadian national and an institution at the WTO, where she has been since its inception.

I have known Gabrielle for many years, but this is the first time we had an extended conversation, and I enjoyed it.

During our conversation, she talked about how she got interested in law and how this eventually led her to International law at LSE. She also shares a bit about the recruitment process when she began working in International trade, which shows the importance of perseverance.

We also talked about the evolution of the WTO, which she has witnessed firsthand throughout her career at legal affairs, the office of the Director-General, and now focusing on Research and Legal Policy.

There are some parallels in the work she has done and the objective of this podcast, which we discuss when addressing some of the motivations behind the book “A History of Law and Lawyers in the GATT/WTO” ( and her project chronicling stories around the creation of the WTO available at

Lastly, we discuss what she believes is the ongoing transformation of the WTO, which is evolving and embracing its reform across various areas motivated by the new Director-General, tackling the pandemic, embracing the private sector, and the ongoing changes in dispute settlement.

It was an insightful and stimulating conversation. It was an excellent opportunity to talk to her, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Stick around!

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Professor Gabrielle Marceau

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About The Rodolfo Rivas Project:
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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