Cadence Global helps organisations understand and navigate the institutions of world trade in changing and uncertain times.

Core Services

In turbulent times, Cadence Global helps organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors understand the complex issues, navigate the institutions, and advance solutions to the challenges of intergovernmental cooperation on trade.

The primary focus is on modernizing the rules and institutions, dispute settlement, and the trade-related aspects of the data-driven economy, intellectual property rights and sustainable development. Services include:

Intelligence

Gathering information and intelligence, delivered in concise and readable formats that keep organizations informed about developments in trade

Analysis

Providing analysis and insights into the political, legal and institutional aspects of intergovernmental cooperation and dispute settlement in trade

Advice

Providing strategic advice, solutions and training to organisations to enable them to advance their objectives for effective cooperation on trade

Advocacy

Preparing and delivering advocacy and representations to governments and intergovernmental organizations to ensure inclusive outcomes
For more information on these and related services or to discuss an idea for collaboration, please contact us.

About Us

Cadence Global brings together a network of qualified professionals with experience in government, international organizations and the private sector on all areas of international trade.

Robert McDougall

Director & Principal

Robert has over twenty years experience providing analysis, advice and advocacy related to the policy, law, and practice of the world trading system. He now assists a variety of organisations on trade cooperation, negotiations and dispute settlement.

He has been an advisor, negotiator and trade lawyer (and litigator) for Global Affairs Canada, where he represented Canada at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

He is also an avid road cyclist, where "cadence matters".

Featured Project

Revitalizing the WTO
Bertelsmann - Global Economic Dynamics
Revitalizing the WTO: Settling Trade Disputes in a Turbulent Multipolar World
Despite growing consensus on the need to update the trade rules and strengthen the World Trade Organization, there is little agreement on which reforms are necessary. The changing balance of economic power, ageing trade rules and a backlash against globalization make it difficult to achieve legitimate outcomes through win-lose adjudication. Increasing demand, a potential for a chill on ongoing negotiations and an imbalance between the political and adjudicative functions of the WTO exacerbate these challenges. Resolving the impasse over the Appellate Body will not, on its own, resolve the more profound legitimacy crisis facing the trading system. Members should instead focus on pursuing broader improvements to the dispute settlement mechanism to ensure that it remains fit-for-purpose in the service of trade cooperation in a turbulent multipolar world.

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