James Bacchus

Chair, Commission on Trade and Investment Policy, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

James Bacchus chairs the Global Practice Group, of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, which includes about 1800 attorneys and other professionals working in 35 offices worldwide. He has offices with the firm in Orlando, Florida, and in Washington, D.C. He works worldwide on a range of international business issues, and is engaged globally in numerous efforts to improve the global economy. He is among the B20 global business leaders selected to advise the G20 heads of state on the international economy; he chairs the Commission on Trade and Investment Policy of the International Chamber of Commerce; and he chairs the Global Agenda Council on Governance /for Sustainability of the World Economic Forum. Mr Bacchus was, for 8 years, one of the 7 Members of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland. He was a founding Member of the highest global trade tribunal, which serves more than 150 countries and judges international trade disputes involving more than 95 percent of all world commerce. He was twice appointed to the Appellate Body by consensus of the Members of the WTO, and was twice elected Chairman of the Appellate Body by his six colleagues. According to the magazine American Lawyer, “James Bacchus, as much as anyone, can lay claim to being the John Marshall of the World Trade Organisation.” He is the author of the book Trade and Freedom, published in London, featured nationally on Book TV, and sold worldwide. Mr Bacchus holds degrees in a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with High Honours in History as a Founders Scholar, in 1971; a Master of Arts in History from Yale University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, in 1973; and a Juris Doctor from the Florida State University College of Law, with High Honours, and Order of the Coif, as Editor-in-Chief of the FSU Law Review, in 1978.