Robert McDougall is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI). His areas of research include international economic governance, trade law, dispute settlement, digital trade, trade facilitation and sustainable development.
Robert spent 15 years as an international trade lawyer and diplomat at Global Affairs Canada (formerly Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada), during which time he provided trade law advice and litigated disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO). As permanent delegate to the WTO for five years, he was Canada’s representative to the Dispute Settlement Body, in negotiations to improve the dispute settlement system, and in many disputes involving Canada.
Previously, as a permanent delegate to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, he represented Canada in activities relating to trade, agriculture, science, technology, industry, including major initiatives on innovation, digital economy and green growth.
In addition to his research activities at CTEI/IHEID, he is also a Senior Fellow at both the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and an independent trade law consultant.