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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). Based in Geneva, after working for international law firms he is now a senior consultant on international trade for the global communications agency Hume Brophy. He is a fellow of the Asia Global Institute and the European Centre for International Political Economy (Brussels) and has also chaired a number of 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.