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Roy Santana

World Trade Organization

Customs Law (28/11/2017 - 29/11/2017)


Roy Santana is counsellor at the Market Access Division of the WTO. He is an expert on issues relating to tariffs and non-tariff measures, the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), and the negotiations on Non-Agricultural Products (NAMA). He has provided assistance to panellists in disputes arising under the Dispute Settlement Understanding of the WTO. He has lectured in numerous occasions in Asia, Europe, the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Prior to working in the WTO, from 2001 to 2004, he served as a Geneva representative for the Government of Costa Rica in diverse areas of the Doha Development Agenda, including on Agriculture, NAMA, and Trade & Environment. During this time, in 2003, he was elected vice-chairman of the International Textiles and Clothing Bureau (ITCB) and served as an alternate member of the Textiles Monitoring Body of the WTO.

From 1998 to 2000 he worked as a trade negotiator for the Government of Costa Rica on issues relating to Market Access, Agriculture and Trade & Competition Policy in the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA). He also participated in several bilateral trade negotiations with other Central American countries, as well as with Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama.
Mr. Santana has an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University (NYU), as well as a lawyer's and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Costa Rica.

Selected publications

Secretaria del Estado de Turismo y Comercio Universitat de Barcelona Departament Economia i Finances de la Generalitat de Catalunya Ajuntament de Barcelona