CITD was founded in 2022 to bring together scholars, students, practitioners, NGOs, business and labor leaders, and international organizations to find solutions to the challenges facing the international trading system and develop global approaches to making trade rules more inclusive and sustainable.

Continuing the legacy and the pioneering work of Professor John Jackson, CITD’s partnership with the International Institute of Economic Law empowers both centers to perpetuate top-tier scholarship on inclusive international trade policy. CITD builds upon Georgetown law’s long history of engagement as a thought leader, placing it again at the forefront of the profound shift that is occurring in international trade law.


At CITD we believe that understanding how to create a future rules-based trading system that addresses the implications of trade rules for development, the environment, global health, and labor rights is only possible with full and fair participation in the global trading system.


CITD seeks to partner with foundations, NGOs and corporations interested in promoting the establishment of a new paradigm for global trading rules and in putting trade rules to work promoting sustainable development around the world. 

If you are interested in partnering with CITD, please contact us at citd@georgetown.edu.