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Stuart Harbinson

Stuart Harbinson

Asia Global Institute

Stuart Harbinson represented Hong Kong at the World Trade Organization (WTO) from 1994 to 2002, in which capacity he also chaired some of the WTO’s key councils, committees and negotiating groups. He subsequently became chief of staff and, later, special adviser to the director-general of the WTO and then senior adviser to the secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). After working for international law firms, he is now a senior consultant on international trade for the global communications agency Hume Brophy. Based in Geneva, he is a fellow of the Asia Global Institute at The University of Hong Kong and the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels, and has also chaired several WTO dispute-settlement panels.

Articles by Stuart Harbinson

Economy

Trump, China, and the Future of the Global Trading System

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The United States, under President Donald Trump, has found a favored target of criticism in the World Trade Organization. While there is no doubt that the W.T.O. needs urgent reform, the framework it provides—offering the certainty and predictability inherent in a rules-based system—should not be abandoned.

Economy

Hong Kong’s “Special Trading Status” with the United States: What is at Stake?

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Washington’s threats to end Hong Kong’s special trade status could call into question the city's presence as a separate customs entity and international trading hub.

Economy

What Next for Hong Kong-United States Trade?

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The decision by the United States that Hong Kong products must be labelled Made in China has sparked alarms. Here's what Hong Kong might be able to do in response.