Negotiations for the WTO’s ‘Doha Development Round’ began in 2001 with the aim of boosting global growth and lifting millions out of poverty. After a successful early compromise on intellectual property, the negotiations began to falter, largely as a result of an inability to reach compromise on agriculture liberalization. By the summer of 2006, successful completion of the round seemed unlikely, and negotiations were indefinitely postponed. The scholars and practitioners participating in the 2007 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Symposium addressed the status and future prospects of the international trade regime.
Following the event, a cocktail reception and dinner were held at the Bancroft Hotel, where Alejandro Jara was presented with the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of international law.