2008 Press Releases

Media Advisory

Attention: reporters and editors covering business, economics, and world trade

A lecture by Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization

Media contact: Susan Gluss, UC Berkeley School of Law, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu

What: A lecture by Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), on “The Case for Trade: Why the Multilateral Trading System is More Important than Ever for the U.S.” Lamy will address the dire consequences that might ensue should the U.S. adopt protectionist policies due to the global financial crisis. He will discuss the U.S. candidates’ positions on protectionism and on the “Doha Development Round,” international trade talks designed to lower trade barriers. Lamy will make the case for rules-based, globally-regulated trade; he will also examine the impact of trade on climate change.

The event is being sponsored by UC Berkeley School of Law's Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law.

When: Wednesday, October 29, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Where: UC Berkeley School of Law, Booth Auditorium

Who: Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Mr. Lamy has served as the Director-General of the WTO since 2005. Previously the Trade Commissioner of the European Union in Brussels, Mr. Lamy has also served as Chief of Cabinet to the President of the European Commission; as political advisor to the Economics and Finance Minister and the Prime Minister of France; and as President of Notre Europe, a think tank working on European integration.

Details: The program is free and open to the public. For details, go to http://www.law.berkeley.edu/mgcl.htm. To register, go here.

For more information about the event or to arrange an interview with Pascal Lamy, please contact Emily Best, program administrator for The Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law at ebest@law.berkeley.edu or (510) 642-7830.

Background: The Pascal Lamy lecture is part of the Miller Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by Berkeley Law’s Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law. The internationally-focused think tank is named for the Honorable William G. Miller and his wife, Ariadna.