Started with an initial idea

The initial idea of a global organization for the field was first discussed at the ASIL-IELG’s November 2006 conference, aptly held at the historic Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.

Shortly thereafter, some of the participants at that conference put together the Founding Committee, and then the Founding Executive Council.  Subsequently, on May 24-25 2007, there was a planning meeting at the LSE to allow the Founding Committee, Executive Council and others to discuss our shared vision for SIEL. The input we received from the participants at that meeting has helped us to clarify and advance our vision of what the SIEL will do and be, and how it ought to be structured and governed going forward.

Our inaugural conference, along with the formal launch of SIEL, was held in July 2008, at the Centre on Trade and Economic Integration, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

Professor Don McRae of the University of Ottowa served as the Interim President of SIEL.  The Co-Chairs of the Founding Committee, Andrew Lang and Colin Picker,  led  a fifteen-member Founding Committee comprising Lorand Bartels, Tomer Broude, Isabelle Bunn, Melaku Desta, Devashish Krishnan, Simon Lester, Meredith Kolsky Lewis, Bryan Mercurio, Junji Nakagawa, Federico Ortino, Amy Porges, Michelle Ratton Sanchez, Chantal Thomas, Todd  Weiler, and Galina Zukova.

Founding Executive Council

The Founding Executive Council comprised (in alphabetical order, with their affiliations at the time of foundation):

Bhupinder Chimni
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Thomas Cottier
University of Berne
James R. Crawford
University of Cambridge
Piet Eeckhout
Kings College London
Claus-Dieter Ehlermann
Florentino Feliciano
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Wang Guiguo
City University of Hong Kong
Robert Howse
University of Michigan Law School
Valerie Hughes
Department of Finance, Canadian Government
John H. Jackson
Georgetown University Law Center
Julio Lacarte
Former Member and Chairman, WTO Appellate Body
Rosa Maria Lastra
Queen Mary, University of London
Yong-Shik Lee
St. John's University School of Law
Andreas Lowenfeld
New York University
Gabrielle Marceau
Cabinet of the Director-General, World Trade Organisation
Mitsuo Matsushita
University of Tokyo
Petros Mavroidis
Columbia Law School; University de Neuchatel
Donald M. McRae
University of Ottawa
Joost Pauwelyn
Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann
European University Institute
Don H. Regan
University of Michigan Law School
Helene Ruiz Fabri
Universite Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne
Dan Sarooshi
University of Oxford
Christoph H. Schreuer
University of Vienna
Joanne Scott
University College London
Gregory C. Shaffer
Loyola University, Chicago
Francis Snyder
Universite d'Aix-Marseille III; LSE
M. Sornarajah
National University of Singapore
Debra P. Steger
University of Ottawa
Joel P. Trachtman
Fletcher School, Tufts University
Michael Trebilcock
University of Toronto
Ko-Yung Tung
Morrison & Foerster LLP; Visitor, Yale Law School
Peter Van den Bossche
University of Maastricht
Thomas Walde
University of Dundee
Joseph H.H.Weiler
New York University
Edith Brown Weiss
Georgetown University
James Whitelaw
Secretary General of the MERCOSUR Dispute Section