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James Bacchus is the Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida.  He was a founding judge and was twice the Chairman – the chief judge – of the highest court of world trade, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  He is a former Member of the Congress of the United States, from Florida, and also a former international trade negotiator for the United States.  He is a Global Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Canada, Senior Counsellor to the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development in Switzerland, and an Adjunct Scholar of the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. He is the Yue – Kong Pao Chair Professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He served on the High-Level Advisory Panel to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, chairs the global Commission on Trade and Investment Policy of the International Chamber of Commerce, and chaired the global sustainability council of the World Economic Forum. For more than fourteen years, he chaired the global practice of the largest law firm in the United States and one of the largest in the world. Professor Bacchus is the author of the books Trade and Freedom, published by Cameron May in London in 2004, and The Willing World: Shaping and Sharing a Sustainable Global Prosperity, published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. He is a frequent writer in leading publications and a frequent speaker on prominent platforms worldwide on numerous topics relating to international law and international political economy.

UCF Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center will be to advance UCF’s role and enhance UCF’s reputation on global economic and environmental issues, and especially on the confluence of both, by fostering links to sustainable development initiatives at every level and by exploring new forms of governance that further the creation of economic and environmental opportunity.  The Center will help scale and link sustainability initiatives locally, regionally, and worldwide; help establish and strengthen the enabling frameworks of rules needed to support these initiatives and help them succeed; and help identify and advance international rules and international institutions needed for effective global economic and environmental governance.

James Bacchus Joins UCF Faculty

by Christine Dellert A new center will focus on advancing UCF’s work in economic and environmental issues and fostering links for faculty and others in the UCF community to sustainable development efforts at ... Read more

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