World Peace Through Trade: The Role of International Organizations Today

World Peace Through Trade: The Role of International Organizations Today

With Gabrielle Marceau from the World Trade Organization

Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Free for Members / $10 Non-Members

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“When goods don't cross borders, soldiers will,” said 19th century French economist Frédéric Bastiat. The World Trade Organization in Geneva is one some thirty other organizations, such as NATO or UNICEF, created after World War II to help prevent such devastating world conflict from ever happening again.


But the relevance of these organizations is being called into question by a US administration keen to pull away from many world accords. International trade has become into a hot political topic at the center of the news cycle, with the potential to impact not only the stock market but the very lives of people across the globe.

Please join us in welcoming Professor Gabrielle Marceau, Senior Counselor in the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization, who will survey the state of multilateral trade relationships. She will evaluate the possibilities for conflict, suggest how to resolve those conflicts should they arise, and respond those asking if the tools created to maintain a peaceful and prosperous international order are still adapted to our new normal.

Professeur Marceau will be in conversation with John Cruickshank, Consul general of Canada in Chicago.

Professor Gabrielle Marceau has had a long and distinguished career with the WTO over the last 25 years. Now a Senior Counselor in the Legal Affairs Division, she was one of the four advisors in the cabinet of WTO Director General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2010, making her a highly accomplished expert on the subject of transnational law. She is a professor at the University of Geneva, and has held world presidency of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) for many years. She has published extensively on international law and trade, and frequently participated in international conferences in both French and English. Professor Marceau studied at the London School of Economics, while her professional journey has taken her from Quebec to Geneva.

John Cruickshank was most recently the chairman of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and co-chair of Canadian Press Enterprises Inc. He was publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s highest-circulation newspaper, and president of Star Media Group from 2009 until 2016. 

Mr. Cruickshank has enjoyed a distinguished career in newspapers and television in both Canada and the United States. He served as publisher of CBC News from 2007 to 2008; he was responsible for all English-language television, radio and online news. Before joining the CBC, he was publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and chief operating officer of the Sun-Times Media Group, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 2003 to 2007. Prior to being named publisher of the Sun-Times, he was vice president, editorial, from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Cruickshank is also a former managing editor of the Globe and Mail and former editor-in-chief of the Vancouver Sun. He has also worked for the Montreal Gazette and started his journalism career with the Kingston Whig-Standard.

Mr. Cruikshank was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He received an honorary Doctor of Sacred Letters from Trinity College in 2013.

This program is presented in partnership with the Consulate general of Canada and the Quebec Government Office in Chicago and the Swiss Benevolent Society.

Livestreaming of this event to the Alliance Française network is made possible in part thanks to the Federation of Alliances françaises USA.