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Maria Perez-Esteve

World Trade Organization


María Pérez Esteve is Counsellor in the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee Division (C-TNC) at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The CTNC Division provides assistance and all related services to four of the WTO's key governing bodies: the Ministerial Conference; the General Council; the Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC); and the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB). The Division carries out technical cooperation activities for WTO Member and Observer Governments. The Division also regularly assists the Office of the Director-General in various tasks, such as preparing briefing notes for the Director-General and providing support for his participation in different meetings.

From 2006 to 2012 she worked in the Information and External Relations Division of the WTO as the coordinator of the WTO Annual Public Forum and Public Forum Publications.  She acted as focal point for civil society organizations, Parliamentarians from Latin America and business groups.  

Perez-Esteve joined the WTO in 2002, where she worked in the Agriculture and Commodities Division, servicing the Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures.  She also provided technical assistance to WTO Members on the SPS and Agriculture Agreements, the agriculture negotiations and the WTO in general. 

Before joining the WTO Perez-Esteve worked for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 1999 to 2002, advising developing countries on trade, development and environment issues and implementing projects on Standards and Trade in select Latin American countries. 

She frequently lectures government officials and students on the WTO Agreements and the state of play of the Doha Round negotiations.

Ms. Perez-Esteve holds a BA in Political Science and French Literature from the University of Illinois (United States) and a Master's Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

Selected publications

Gallo S. and Perez-Esteve, M., 2016.  `Comercio y Medio Ambiente´, in M. Matus and M. Unger (eds.), Derecho de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC). Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Boonekamp C. and Perez-Esteve, M., 2012.   'How can trade contribute to food security?' article published in Public Discussion Forum, WTO Public Forum 2012. http://www.wto.org/english/forums_e/public_forum12_e/art_pf12_e/article_e.htm?art=1

Perez-Esteve, M. 2010.   `The influence of international non-state actors in multilateral and preferential trade agreements: a question of forum shopping? ´ in A. Capling and P. Low (eds.), Governments, Non-State Actors and Trade Policy-Making: Negotiating Preferentially or Multilaterally? Cambridge University Press.

Gitli E., Perez-Esteve, M. and Valverde, M.  2005.  `Costa Rica´, in V. Jha (ed), Environmental Regulation and Food Safety: Studies of Protection and Protectionism. Edward Elgar Publishing and International Development Research Centre.


Perez-Esteve, M., 2012.   WTO rules and practices for transparency and engagement with civil society organizations, World Trade Organization, Staff Working Paper, ERSD-2012-14, pages 30.
Bourgeois F., Perez-Esteve, M., Piermartini, R., and Teh, R.  2006.  A Critical Review of the Use by NGOs of Simulation Models of the Doha Round, World Trade Organization (mimeo), pages 47.

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