Who We Are
IIEL Faculty Director
John H. Jackson
Professor Jackson, the Institute’s founder, joined the Georgetown Faculty after a distinguished career as Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. Professor Jackson is widely recognized as one of the preeminent scholars in the field of international trade law. He has received numerous awards and commendations in recognition of his scholarship, including the Manley O. Hudson Medal, awarded by the American Society of International Law for “pre-eminent scholarship and achievement in international law.”
Professor Jackson has been awarded an honorary degree from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and the honorary degree, Doctor Juris Honoris Causa, by Hamburg University Faculty of Law. In 2003 he was appointed by WTO Director-General, Dr. Supachai Panitchpadki, to the WTO Consultative Board, composed of eight “eminent persons,” and chaired by former Director-General Peter Sutherland. The Board’s report, “The Future of the WTO: Addressing Institutional Challenges in the New Millennium,” was released in January 2005.
Professor Jackson has published widely in the area of international trade law. His books include Sovereignty, the WTO, and Changing Fundamentals of International Law (2006), and The Jurisprudence of GATT and the WTO: Insights on Treaty Law and Economic Relations (2000). He has also advised the United States and other governments and international organizations on international trade law, and in 1973-4 served as General Counsel of the Office of the US Trade Representative. Professor Jackson's full faculty biography is available here.
Chris Parlin was appointed Deputy Director of IIEL in July 2013. Since 1995 he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Law Center, teaching courses on the substance of all of the WTO Agreements and (with Professor Jackson) a seminar on law and policy of international trade
Chris has 35 years of broad and in-depth experience in trade negotiations, WTO and NAFTA, dispute settlement proceedings, international trade policy matters and US trade remedy proceedings. During his 18-year US Government career, he held senior policy and legal positions in the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) in Washington, as Legal Advisor to the USTR Mission to the GATT in Geneva and in the Commerce Department's Office of Import Administration. He negotiated the WTO Dispute Settlement and Subsidy Agreements during his tenures as Legal Advisor to USTR’s Mission in Geneva and Deputy Assistant USTR for Multilateral Trade Negotiations. At the Commerce Department he administered the US antidumping and countervailing duty laws.
Chris is one of the world’s foremost authorities on WTO negotiations and dispute resolution. In private practice he participated in over 20 WTO disputes. He has designed and implemented Member governments’ dispute settlement strategies and participated in every stage of WTO disputes, frequently as an accredited member of the official government delegation. He was the first private attorney to present a Member government's case to a WTO panel and the Appellate Body. He also was lead counsel for the government of Saudi Arabia, advising the Kingdom on restructuring its trade-related legal laws and regulations and representing it in the bilateral and multilateral negotiations that led to its accession to the WTO in December 2005.
JIEL Editorial Assistant
Ada Bogliolo Piancastelli Siqueira
Before coming to Georgetown Law, Ms. Siqueira was a Santander Scholar at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. She completed a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) in International Studies and Politics researching the relationship between law and politics at the World Trade Organization. Previously, Ms. Siqueira acquired a Masters in Law (LLM) in International Public Law at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 2011. She graduated with a distinction for her dissertation on Trade and Human Rights, focusing on the case of Chinese censorship and barriers to trade. Ms. Siqueira holds a law degree from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (distinction).
Currently, Ms. Siqueira pursues her SJD at Georgetown under Professor Alvaro Santos as a Brazilian National Research Council (CNPq) researcher and is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law. Her current dissertation re-discusses the working logic of the World Trade Organization in the context of alternative development strategies and social understandings of the trading system. She is also a teaching and research assistant at Georgetown Law.
Consulting Senior Fellow
Rosine M. Plank-Brumback
Rosine M. Plank-Brumback is a nonresident Consulting Senior Fellow and the principal interviewer in the IIEL's oral history project on the world trading system. She works at the Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS), supporting inter-American initiatives to protect the rights of consumers and vulnerable groups. She served as the senior advisor to the Executive Secretary for Integral Development for policy formulation, technical cooperation and strategic planning, assuring consistent messaging and quality control in activities, and developing alliances and negotiating OAS cooperation agreements with international organizations and private institutions. She was the OAS coordinator of the private sector forums and dialogues within the VI Summit of the Americas and XLI-XLIII General Assemblies. From 1998 to 2006, she provided the lead substantive support to the FTAA Negotiating Group on Dispute Settlement and to the Technical Committee on Institutional Issues. She has participated in numerous trade capacity-building and training programs.
Ms. Plank-Brumback has held positions in the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, at the U.S. Mission to the European Communities in Brussels, and at the GATT Secretariat in Geneva where she was a counsellor in the Agriculture Division during the Tokyo and Uruguay Rounds. She was panel secretary to three GATT panels. She has been an international trade consultant, including senior legal advisor in a USAID-sponsored project helping Nicaragua implement its obligations under DR-CAFTA. She is on the roster of arbitrators under the Chile-Central America Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the Chile-MERCOSUR FTA, the Costa-Rica Mexico FTA, and the Nicaragua-Mexico FTA.
Ms. Plank-Brumback holds a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University and a J.D. degree magna cum laude from the University of Miami, where she was the Edward D. Berger scholar.
Distinguished Senior Fellows
Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown Law Center
R. Michael Gadbaw's career covers over three decades in Washington practicing international economic law, beginning as a White House intern in the summer of 1973 and continuing as a government official, then partner in private practice and eventually senior corporate legal officer. He is currently devoting his time to academic pursuits: researching, publishing and teaching a seminar on the law and policy of international regulation examining the regulatory systems governing trade, monetary, finance, investment and anticorruption. In 2012, his work comparing the global systems for regulating trade and finance was published in Cottier, Jackson and Lastra, International Law in Financial Regulation and Monetary Affairs. He is currently editor of a volume on the state of international economic law that is the product of a symposium in honor of Professor John H. Jackson that he organized in November 2012. He also continues working with nonprofits toward the advancement of rule of law in emerging markets and prepared a study on socially responsible investment in Myanmar for the Blue Moon Foundation based on a visit there in August 2012. His career included five years as a government attorney in the US Treasury and the Office of the US Trade Representative (1975-1980), an associate and partner in private practice at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard and McPherson (1980-1985) and Dewey Ballantine (1985-1990) and as a Vice President and Senior Counsel at General Electric (1990-2008) where he had responsibilities for global government relations, transactions support, compliance, regulations and policy. He has a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan, a B.A. from Fordham University and a Masters in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the National Bureau of Asian Research and the European Institute. He is married to Sally Chandler and has four children. He is an aspiring athlete and competes in Olympic distance triathlons.
Daniel Heath is the Managing Director of Maxwell Stamp Inc., an international economics firm, since 2012. He is also Director of the Center for Transformation and Strategic Initiatives, an international non-profit devoted to enlightened public economic administration, and Advisor to Five Stone Green Capital, a New York firm developing environmentally innovative real estate, and to Oxford Analytica, a global consultancy.
Jennifer Hillman currently serves as a full-time visiting professor of law at the Georgetown University Law School, teaching international law and assisting in the direction of the Institute of International Economic Law. She is also a partner in the Washington DC boutique international trade law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent. Ms. Hillman has had a distinguished career in public service, both nationally and internationally. She recently completed her term as one of seven members from around the world serving on the World Trade Organization's appellate court, its Appellate Body. Prior to her selection as an Appellate Body member, Ms. Hillman served for nine years as a Commissioner at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), rendering decisions in more than 600 investigations regarding injury to U.S. industries caused by imports that were dumped or subsidized, along with making numerous decisions in cases regarding alleged patent or trademark infringement. Prior to her appointment to the USITC, she served as General Counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), overseeing all the legal work connected to trade negotiations and trade disputes before panels of the WTO or the NAFTA.
She had previously served as the Ambassador and Chief Textiles Negotiator for the United States. Before joining USTR, Ms. Hillman served as Legislative Director and Counsel to U.S. Senator Terry Sanford of North Carolina. She began her professional career as an international trade attorney at the Washington, DC firm of Patton Boggs. She is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and received a M.Ed. and a BA, magna cum laude, from Duke University. In addition to her professional work, Ms. Hillman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as a Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the US, on the board of the Trade Policy Forum and on the selection panel for Truman Scholars. In the past, she served on the Board of Trustees of Duke University, as well as on Duke's Board of Visitors and its Council on Women's Studies, and on the board of the DC Stoddert Soccer League. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and two children.
Simon Lester is a trade policy analyst at the Cato Institute. His research focuses on WTO disputes, regional trade agreements, disguised protectionism and the history of international trade law. He is also the founder of the web site WorldTradeLaw.net. Previously, he worked for the trade law practice of a Washington, D.C. law firm, and also served as a Legal Affairs Officer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization. He has written a number of law journal articles, which have appeared in such publications as the Stanford Journal of International Law, the George Washington International Law Review, the Journal of International Economic Law and the Journal of World Trade. In addition, he has taught courses on international trade law at American University’s Washington College of Law and the University of Michigan Law School. He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Naboth van den Broek
Naboth van den Broek is an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP (WilmerHale), an Adjunct Professor of international trade & investment law at Georgetown University Law Center, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law. He is one of the leading international trade and investment lawyers of the moment and a member of WilmerHale's Trade, Investment and Market Access and EU law practice groups. He splits his time between offices in Washington, DC and Brussels (if he is not on a plane to China, Japan, Latin America, or elsewhere)
Mr. van den Broek represents governments, associations, and private companies in the context of large-scale WTO and other treaty-based trade & investment disputes and negotiations; on market access issues; and with respect to a broad range of other international legal, policy, and compliance challenges. He has been involved in many of the most prominent WTO disputes of the past decade, and has advised (or continues to advise) governments and private parties in bilateral, regional and plurilateral trade & investment negotiations, including TPP, TTIP, the ITA, and before the UNFCCC (global climate negotiations). He is also a recognized expert on international IPR, technology, and energy & climate change-related trade issues.
Mr. van den Broek is a former Graduate Fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law (2000-2001). He has law degrees from Leiden University, The Netherlands (M.Jur'00) and Georgetown University Law Center (LLM'01) and has also studied international political economy, international relations, and global strategy, at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität in Bonn and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris.