Lori Wallach

Director, Global Trade Watch

Public Citizen

Lori M. Wallach is the Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. Over the course of the past decade, Wallach has helped create new public awareness about globalization, the emerging issue of our time. Working closely with NGOs, scholars, and activists in developing countries and with U.S.congressional, environmental, labor, and other allies, Wallach has played an important role in the growing debate about the implications of different models of globalization on jobs, livelihoods and wages; the environment; public health and safety; and democratically accountable governance.

She and Global Trade Watch have been U.S. leaders in successful fights against proposed 'Fast Track' legislation in 1997 and 1998, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), and the proposed 'Millennium Round' of World Trade Organization negotiations at the Seattle Ministerial in late 1999. Current projects include coordinating a collaborative critique of the World Trade Organization to be published by New Press in the summer of 2003; a state and local government 'Services' campaign centered around the proposed General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) negotiations; and working with a hemispheric network against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).

A trade lawyer, Wallach has represented Global Trade Watch in promoting the public interest regarding globalization and international commercial agreements in every forum: Congress and foreign parliaments, the courts, government agencies, and the media. Described as "Ralph Nader with a sense of humor" in a Wall Street Journal profile and dubbed "the Trade Debate's Guerrilla Warrior" in a National Journal profile, Wallach has testified on NAFTA, GATT-WTO, and other trade issues before over 30 U.S.congressional committees, numerous other countries' legislatures, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Wallach's work in 'translating' arcane trade legalese—indeed, entire proposed international commercial agreements—into relevant, accessible prose has had significant national and international impact. Wallach is a frequent public speaker, presenting the progressive critique on the status quo model of globalization. In 1999, Wallach published with colleague Michelle Sforza Whose Trade Organization?: Corporate Globalization and the Erosion of Democracy. The book has been translated into numerous languages and a shortened Seven Stories Press version of the book stayed on the Boston Globe non-fiction bestseller list for weeks in 2000.

Wallach has also published in the U.S. and abroad numerous trade analyses, editorials and chapters in several anthologies. She has served as a trade commentator on CNN, ABC, CNBC, C-SPAN, and regularly appears on such programs as All Things Considered and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

In 1993, Wallach was a founder of the Citizens Trade Campaign, a national coalition of consumer, labor, environmental, family farm, religious, and civil rights groups representing over 11 million Americans, and now serves on its Board. She also is a founding board member of the International Forum on Globalization, on whose board she also serves. Wallach is a co-chair of the TransAtlantic ConsumerDialogue, a U.S.- European Union consumer association.

Wallach, a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, is a member of the Wisconsin bar. She was awarded Harvard Law School's Kaufman Fellowship for Public Interest Excellence. Wallach previously worked on Capitol Hill, in television news, and on electoral campaigns.

Focus: Democracy, Environment, Globalization, Governance, Health, Jobs, Trade, United States, Global, Americas

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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006

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