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.
Mr. Herlihy earned his B.A. in Philosophy in the Honors Program at Boston College and his J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School. A member of the New York bar, and the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and of several federal courts, he was for several years a trial and appellate litigator with Skadden, Arps; returning to the academy, he earned his LL.M., with distinction, and the WTO Certificate from the Institute of International Economic Law, at the Georgetown University Law Center; he was also a Student Fellow at the Institute, and as a student served as chair of the Fellows’ Workshop.
He is an active member of the International Studies Association, the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and the American Society of International Law; he is a member of the Executive Committee of ASIL's International Legal Theory Interest Group, and has acted as rapporteur regarding the activities of the OECD on behalf of ASIL's International Organizations Interest Group. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown since 2009, and was appointed as the Institute’s Deputy Director in September 2010.
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.