Valerie Hughes
Senior Counsel

Bennett Jones LLP

45 O'Connor St, Suite 1900, World Exchange Plaza
Ottawa, ON K1P 1A4
Phone: (613) 683-2302
Fax: (613) 683-2323
E-mail: [email protected]

Clients benefit from Valerie Hughes’ unrivalled experience in international trade and WTO law. She has served as counsel for the Government of Canada before WTO panels and the organization’s Appellate Body, as an adjudicator in WTO disputes, and as the only person to have served as both Director of the WTO’s Legal Affairs Division (2010–16) and Director of its Appellate Body Secretariat (2001–05). Valerie has been involved in more than 70 WTO disputes. These include challenges in the Canadian auto industry, softwood lumber and seafood exports. She brings a unique perspective to WTO dispute settlement—having served as counsel, judge, and advisor to WTO judges. Valerie is one of Canada’s leading lawyers in international treaty law. She argued Canada’s first investor-state dispute under the NAFTA. She represented Canada before the International Court of Justice in a dispute with the United States over the fishing grounds off Canada’s east coast, and before an international tribunal that determined the international maritime boundary off Newfoundland and the French islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.

Year Called to the Bar:1981 (ON)
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