Trade Advisory Services, including advice on WTO and Brexit
Mark Sills has provided trade and economic policy advice to governments in Canada and abroad over the last thirty years. While working as a lawyer for the Canadian Federal Government, he was as a member of the Canadian negotiating teams for both the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (1987-88) and the NAFTA negotiations (1991-92) and developed considerable expertise in the course of those negotiations in assessing negotiating problems and developing effective negotiating responses.
Subsequently, he has acted as a legal consultant to the governments of the Russian Federation, Vietnam, Ethiopia and The Bahamas in those countries’ respective applications to join the World Trade Organization. His long-standing and varied experience in international economic law issues makes him a valuable asset to both national and sub-national governments confronted with international trade and economic policy issues.
An important focus in 2016 has been the decision of the UK to withdraw from the European Union following a referendum on the issue on June 23, 2016. Mark has been monitoring developments following that event and has written on the technical aspects of withdrawal and the possible new arrangements that will have to be developed in order to preserve the existing commercial and trade relationships between the UK and Europe.
Mark and Jennifer jointly completed a major study for the Government of Abu Dhabi on the relationship between federal ministries and local departments in the United Arab Emirates which was submitted in 2014. That study built on work previously done by Mark in 2007 when he completed an initial study for the govenrment on the issue. The study explored machinery of govenrment issues with a view to rationalizing governmental functions and eliminating duplication, particularly as between Federal and local level governments in the UAE.