Mr. Niall MeagherExecutive Director
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Mr. Niall Meagher has been the Executive Director of the ACWL since July 2012.  In this capacity, he manages the day-to-day operations of the ACWL and represents the ACWL externally.  Mr. Meagher also serves ex officio on the ACWL’s Management Board.

Before becoming Executive Director, Mr. Meagher had been Senior Counsel at the ACWL since September 2004.  In this capacity, he assisted ACWL Members and LDCs in WTO dispute settlement proceedings before WTO panels, the Appellate Body, and arbitrators, and prepared numerous legal opinions on issues of WTO law.   He also participated in the ACWL’s training activities and is a frequent writer and speaker on issues of trade law.

Prior to joining the ACWL, Mr. Meagher was a partner in the international trade and dispute resolution practice of the law firms of Sidley Austin LLP, and, previously, Powell Goldstein LLP, in Washington, DC.  He represented both governments and interested private parties in WTO dispute settlement proceedings, international investment disputes, and in domestic customs and trade remedy proceedings before national regulatory authorities.   He regularly argued trade and customs law cases before the US Court of International Trade and the US Court of Appeals.   Mr. Meagher also gained extensive experience in all aspects of domestic anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguards proceedings.

Mr. Meagher was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1965. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the Law School of the University of Chicago. He speaks English, French and Irish, and basic Spanish.


Mr. Meagher’s recent publications include:

  • Representing developing countries before the WTO : the role of the Advisory Centre on WTO Law (ACWL), EUI RSCAS Policy Paper 2015/02 (2015), available at
  • Book review,  A Global History of Trade and Conflict since 1500,  edited by Lucia Coppolaro and Francine McKenzie, in World Trade Review (2015), 14:02, 387-390.
  • Book review, The World Trade Organization and International Trade Law: Antidumping, Subsidies and Trade Agreements, by Gary N. Horlick,  in World Trade Review (2014), 13:03, 586-589.
  • “China – Electronic Payment Services: Discrimination, Economic Development and the GATS”, World Trade Review (2014) 13:02, 409-442 (with Bernard M. Hoekman).
  • Book review, Developing Countries in the GATT Legal System, by Robert E. Hudec, with a new introduction by J. Michael Finger, in World Trade Review (2012) 11:1, 155-165.
  • “Fostering Developing Country Engagement in the WTO Dispute Settlement System: Outstanding Challenges and Governance Implications”, in Carolyn Deere-Birkbeck, ed., Making Global Trade Governance Work for Development: Perspectives and Priorities from Developing Countries (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • Book review, Peddling Protectionism: Smoot-Hawley and the Great Depression, by Douglas A. Irwin, in Journal of International Economic Law 14(2), 507-511 (2011).
  • “Mexico – Olive Oil: Remedy without a cause?”, World Trade Review (2010) 9:1, 85-116 (with Chad Bown).
  • Book review, The Economic Structure of International Law, by Joel P. Trachtman, in World Trade Review (2009), 8:3, 468-471.
  • “Comment: Turkey – Measures Affecting the Importation of Rice”, World Trade Review (2009), 8:1, 179-186.
  • “World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement”, in The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy, Vol. II, 1196-1202 (Princeton University Press, 2009) (with David Palmeter).
  • “Comment: European Communities – Customs Classification of Frozen Boneless Chicken Cuts”, World Trade Review (2008), 7:1, 39-43.
  • “So far, so good: but what next?  The Sutherland Report and WTO Dispute Settlement”, World Trade Review (2005), 4:3, 409-417.

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