Faculty Committee


James Bacchus


Chair, Global Practice

Greenberg Traurig


Mr. James Bacchus is a member of the AsiaGlobal Fellows Faculty Committee. He chairs the global practice of the Greenberg Traurig law firm, which has nearly 2000 attorneys worldwide. He is a founding member and a former Chairman of the Appellate Body – the chief judge – of the World Trade Organization; a former Member of Congress, from Florida; and a former international trade negotiator for the United States. Mr. Bacchus has chaired global efforts on trade and investment for the International Chamber of Commerce and on sustainability for the World Economic Forum.  He advises the “G-20” countries on the international economy and has advised the United Nations on climate change.

Since returning to Greenberg Traurig from the WTO in 2004, Mr. Bacchus has been a leader in the firm’s international business practice, advising clients worldwide on trade, investment, finance, sustainability, and other commercial issues.  He is the author of the book Trade and Freedom.  American Lawyer magazine has described him as “the John Marshall of the World Trade Organization.”

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