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Brown Bag Seminar/SNIS Acamic Council Debate Series, Speakers: Mr Charles Gore from UNCTAD and Mrs Katja Hujo from UNRISD, chaired by Prof. Thomas Cottier, WTI/NCCR Trade Regulation
23 March 2009, 12.00 - 14.00 Auditorium Anna Nussbaum, WTI, Berne, Switzerland

The speakers in the Round Table discussion will be Mr Charles Gore from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Mrs Katja Hujo, Research Co-ordinator in the Social Policy and Development Programme at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). The discussion will be chaired by Prof. Thomas Cottier, Professor of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern, Managing Director of the World Trade Institute (WTI) and Director of the national research programme on trade law and policy (NCCR International Trade Regulation: From Fragmentation to Coherence) located at the WTI.

The round table is coorganised by Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) and the NCCR Trade Regulation and is part of the SNIS Academic Council Debate Series "Perspectives Within International Organisations on the Financial and Economic Crisis". Participation is free of charge, no registration is needed.

About the Speakers

Katja Hujo is Research Co-ordinator in the Social Policy and Development Programme at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva. At UNRISD she manages research projects on Financing Social Policy and Social Policy and Migration in Developing Countries. She studied economics and political science in Tübingen and Berlin (Germany) and in Córdoba (Argentina), and holds a doctoral degree in economics from Free University Berlin.

Charles Gore is currently Special Coordinator for Cross-sectoral Issues in the Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes in UNCTAD. He has over thirty years experience in international development with a primary focus on globalization, development strategies and poverty.

He has worked as an academic and an international consultant, and has conducted and managed research within ILO and UNCTAD, including work on social exclusion in a global context, East Asian development success and the development problems of Africa and least developed countries. Between 1999 and 2008, he directed the research for UNCTAD's Least Developed Countries Report and in that context elaborated a structuralist approach to trade, development and poverty reduction centred on developing productive capacities.

Mr Gore is the author or editor of various books including: Regions In Question: Space, Development Theory and Regional Policy (1984); Social Exclusion: Rhetoric, Reality, Responses (1995); Social Exclusion and Anti-Poverty Strategy (1997); a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of Economics on African Economic Development in a Comparative Perspective (2002); and Beyond Conventional Wisdom in Development Policy: An Intellectual History of UNCTAD 1964-2004. He has published numerous articles, including “The Rise and Fall of the Washington Consensus as a Paradigm for Developing Countries” which has regularly been one of the top ten downloaded articles in World Development. 
He was a member of the UN Experts Group of the UN Millennium Project on MDGs. He is presently a member of the Academic Council of the Swiss Network for International Studies and a member of the Council of the UK Development Studies Association. He was appointed Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 2008.   

Professor Thomas Cottier has a long-standing involvement in GATT / WTO activities. He served on the Swiss negotiating team of the Uruguay Round from 1986 to 1993, first as Chief negotiator on dispute settlement and subsidies for Switzerland and subsequently as Chief negotiator on TRIPs. He held several positions in the Swiss External Economic Affairs Department and was the Deputy-Director General of the Swiss Intellectual Property Office. In addition to his conceptual work in the fields of services and intellectual property and legal counselling, he has also served as a member or chair of several GATT and WTO panels.

Updated documents for downloading

Invitation: Development Implications of the Financial and Economic Crisis

SNIS Academic Council Debates

After the Brown Bag Seminar, Radio DRS interviewed Charles Gore about the implications of the current crisis and broadcasted it in their program "Echo der Zeit".

Interview with Charles Gore after the Brown Bag Seminar (Radio DRS)

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