Ramon Torrent is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Barcelona (UB) and Director of its Observatory of Globalisation. Coordinator of the WTO-Regional Integration Chair created in 2006. He was formerly a member of the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union from 1988 until 1998 and Director for international relations since 1993. He has published extensively on issues of regional integration and international economic relations. He has also specialized in Mercosur integration.