About Debra Steger

Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

Debra Steger

Prescription for Azevedo and an Ailing WTO

Published in the Ottawa Citizen’s “Aid and Development” blog, May 23, 2013 The selection of Roberto Azevedo, Brazil’s Ambassador to the WTO and chief negotiator in the Doha Round, as the new WTO director-general is being hailed as recognition of the importance of the emerging economies in the world economy. Azevedo is viewed a champion of the global south.… Read More

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Educational Exchanges and the Promotion of Human Rights

On Monday of this week, in a small graduate seminar at American University Washington College of Law (in Washington, DC), a beautiful, humble, passionate heroine explained the history of the fight for women’s rights in her country, Yemen, and shared her story of fighting against early marriage of young girls by bringing divorce applications in the courts… Read More

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WTO Resilient but Changed after Ministerial

This essay is excerpted from a Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Commentary, published online February 7, 2012. The recent ministerial meeting, held in Geneva in December, demonstrated that the World Trade Organization (WTO) is resilient but changed as an organization. In fact, the meeting surprised many hardened observers by pr… Read More

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Harper and Obama at APEC: A New Focus on Asia or a Closer Canada-U.S. Relationship?

Was the Prime Minister’s statement at the APEC Summit of Canada’s interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations a sign of a new export strategy focused on Asia or a move away from our close trading relationship with the United States in response to the delay of the regulatory approval of the Keystone pipeline?  Does this signal a majo… Read More

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First CETA, then India and China: Whither the WTO?

As Canada and the European Union held the ninth round of negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in Ottawa last week, and moved closer to a conclusion in 2012, what will be the impact on the World Trade Organization (WTO) of this new trend in preferential trade agreements (PTAs) between major developed partners? The Doha Round… Read More

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