January 24, 2013
Professor Ricardo Ramirez, the chair of the World Trade Organization Appellate Body based in Geneva, Switzerland, delivered the fourth lecture in the 2nd Annual McGeorge International Jurist Series on Jan. 14, 2013.
Ramirez spoke on "Resolving Global Trade Disputes from Gasoline to Clove Cigarettes: A View from an Appellate Body Member." A former head of a prominent Mexico City law firm's international trade practice group, he discussed several cases before the WTO court while giving an overview of Latin American trade issues. Ramirez's appearance drew a large crowd of faculty, students, and University of the Pacific undergraduate students.
In addition to his WTO duties, Ramirez holds the chair of International Trade Law at Mexican National University in Mexico City. After his lecture, he met with several of McGeorge's leading international law faculty members then traveled to Stanford Law School and Santa Clara School of Law for other speaking engagements.
Ramirez's appearance follows series lectures last fall by Professor Barbara Pozzo, University of Insubria, Como, Italy, Professor Gunter Herzig, University of Salzburg, Austria, and Professor Cimamonti, the director of international legal research at l'université Paul Cézanne in Aix-en-Provence, France. Richard Goldstone, a retired South Africa Supreme Court justice and former International Criminal Tribunal prosecutor, will wrap up the on-campus series on Feb. 19, 2013.