Trade is part of our daily life. From the clothes we wear to the gadgets we use, most products of everyday life result from complex global supply chains, logistics innovation, better communications and trade agreements. The first three aspects corresponded to changes in the private sector, but the last one was primarily shaped by government actors. The creation and functioning of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in 1947 was, in this respect, one of the great achievements in postwar multilateral diplomacy.
This presentation will investigate the role Brazil had in GATT's first six rounds. The focus will be on two aspects. First, how the country perceived, shaped and complied with the constraints created by the international trading order. Second, how domestic actors in Brazil sought to influence the country's position in international trade negotiations.
Rogério de Souza Farias worked until 2010 in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Development. His Ph.D. dissertation (Universidade de Brasília) won the prize of best thesis of 2012 by the Brazilian Association of International Relations. His academic interests lie on Brazilian foreign policy, international trade negotiations and the history of the Brazilian diplomatic service.