The importance of good trade lawyers

In a May 2008 article by Gregory Shaffer, Michelle Ratton Sanchez, Barbara Rosenberg entitled The Trials of Winning at the WTO: What Lies Behind Brazil's Success (41 Cornell Int'l L.J. 383 ), it was argued that the hiring by Brazil of US trade lawyers spelled the difference.

This claim, though, could be examined more closely. Antigua won its case against the US without resorting to Brazil's methods. Besides, for developing countries like the Philippines, the development of its own pool of trade lawyers would be essential. In cases of real necessity, there is also the Geneva based Advisory Centre on WTO Law, for which our very own Leo Palma serves as deputy director.