Valerie Hughes
Valerie Hughes
Senior Counsel at Bennett Jones LLP
(613) 683-2302
(613) 683-2323
45 O'Connor St, Suite 1900, World Exchange Plaza, Ottawa, ON
Year called to bar: 1981 (ON)
Clients benefit from Valerie Hughes’ unrivalled experience in international trade 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 involving the Canadian auto industry, softwood lumber, and seafood exports. Valerie brings a unique perspective to WTO dispute settlement having served as counsel, judge, and advisor to WTO judges. In 2020 Valerie was selected by WTO Members to serve in the 10-person pool of arbitrators to hear WTO appeals under the WTO interim appeal arbitration arrangement (MPIA) and has been appointed to the dispute settlement rosters of the CPTPP and the CUSMA. Valerie is also one of Canada’s leading experts in international treaty law. She argued Canada’s first investor-state dispute under the NAFTA and has represented Canada before the International Court of Justice and other ad hoc international tribunals.
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