CIGI appoints Hugo Perezcano Díaz as Senior Fellow to focus on international law and trade issues

Waterloo - The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Hugo Perezcano Díaz as Senior Fellow with the think-tank’s International Law Research Program, effective immediately.

At CIGI, Hugo Perezcano Díaz will research and author a CIGI Paper on the topic of “NAFTA at 20” and its future prospects, especially with respect to potential cooperation on energy and climate change mitigation. He will also contribute his insights to a research project on investor state arbitration (ISA) led by CIGI Senior Fellow Armand de Mestral. In this regard, he will focus on the perspective of Mexico, a country that straddles the line between developed and emerging democracies and that might find itself excluded from a new approach among self-selected developed democracies that choose to abandon ISA inter se.

“Hugo Perezcano Díaz is bringing a wealth of knowledge to CIGI’s research on international law. With his focus on trade, energy and climate change issues, Hugo is a welcome addition to our growing team of world-class researchers who explore critical challenges in the international legal landscape ,” said Oonagh Fitzgerald, director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program.

“It is an honor as well as a unique opportunity and challenge to join CIGI and its distinguished group of experts. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and contributing a new perspective on international trade and investment matters,” says CIGI Senior Fellow Hugo Perezcano Díaz.

Perezcano Díaz currently works as an independent consultant and in a private law practice, where he provides legal guidance and advisory services for government and business clients. Prior to this, he worked for the Mexican government for nearly 20 years. He was head of Mexico’s Trade Remedy Authority, within the Ministry of Economy, and was lead legal counsel for the country’s Ministry of Trade and Industrial Promotion, which included work on free trade, dispute settlements, investment and international agreements entered into by Mexico. He participated actively in the NAFTA and Uruguay Round Negotiations, and was Mexico’s lead counsel in trade and investment disputes.

Perezcano Díaz has taught law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho in a joint program with the International Chamber of Commerce, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and Universidad Iberoamericana. His expertise is in economic law, international trade law and negotiations, and NAFTA.

The International Law Research Program at CIGI is a 10-year initiative, jointly funded by CIGI and Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The law program leverages academic, business and governmental perspectives to improve international law for better global governance. The program strengthens understanding of international law by connecting knowledge, policy and practice. The program focuses on international economic law, international intellectual property law and international environmental law. To learn more about the program, please visit:

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