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
Ms. Gómez-Altamirano earned her first law degree from the National University of Mexico in 2009 (magna cum laude). During her law studies, Ms. Gómez-Altamirano participated in a student exchange program at the University of California Los Angeles, where she was enrolled in courses on Macroeconomics and Global Studies. She also holds an LL.M on International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO) from the University of Barcelona. Currently, apart from her position as Editorial Assistant to Professor John H. Jackson for the Journal of International Economic Law, Ms. Gómez-Altamirano is a Fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown University, and is an Associate Editor of the Latin American Journal of International Trade Law of the National University of Mexico.
Ms. Gómez-Altamirano started her specialization in WTO related matters joining the legal staff of Mexico's Permanent Mission to the WTO where she represented her home country in several international trade disputes before WTO panels and the Appellate Body. She has also participated in the traineeship program of the European Commission Legal Service, Trade Team, where she worked together with EU officials on WTO disputes. After this, Ms. Gómez-Altamirano joined the international trade team of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, in the Brussels office.
As part of her academic formation, Ms. Gómez-Altamirano successfully participated in competitions of international law including the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law. Ms. Gómez-Altamirano is a native Spanish speaker, is fluent in English, and has some knowledge of French.
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 Organization of American States (OAS), where she serves as the senior advisor to the Director of the Department of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, helping assure that its activities in the areas of trade, competitiveness, tourism, corporate social responsibility, science, technology and innovation are coherent with the department’s strategic vision and fulfill the mandates from the member states. She is the focal point for coordinating collaborative activities within the Tripartite Committee (OAS-IADB-ECLAC). Previously she worked in the Summits of the Americas Secretariat, and was Chief of the Ministerial Meetings Follow-up Section. 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.
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.
Jennifer A. Hillman is a partner in the Washington DC office of Cassidy Levy Kent, a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a member of the Institute of International Economic Law and an adjunct professor of law at the Georgetown University School of Law. Ms. Hillman has had a distinguished career in public service, both nationally and internationally, having recently completed her term as one of the seven members from around the world serving on the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body. Prior to that, Ms. Hillman worked in the international trade arena as a Commissioner at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), participating in adjudicating over 650 import injury and unfair trade investigations, along with work on numerous trade-related economic studies. Before joining the USITC, she served as the General Counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), overseeing the implementation of the NAFTA and the Uruguay Round Agreements, as well as all disputes before panels of the WTO or NAFTA. During the last year of the Uruguay Round negotiations, she was the Ambassador and Chief Textiles Negotiator for the US. Before her tenure at USTR, Ms. Hillman served as the Legislative Director and Counsel to United States Senator Terry Sanford of North Carolina, concentrating on trade, banking, finance and housing issues. She began her professional career as an international trade attorney as the Washington DC firm of Patton Boggs, LLP. She earned her law degree from the Harvard Law School, and a masters and Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as President of the Trade Policy Forum and as a panelist for the Truman Scholarship Foundation.
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.