LSE public lecture
Date: Tuesday 22 May 2012
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Ambassador Ron Kirk
Chair: Peter Sutherland
In a major address, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will discuss opportunities for the U.S.-EU trade relationship at a critical time. Leaders on both sides acknowledge the need for a fresh look at the U.S.-EU trade and investment relationship, to ensure that it meets its potential. Ambassador Kirk will emphasize how the United States and the EU can work together – bilaterally for mutual growth, at the World Trade Organization for better results, and around the world to better integrate emerging and transitioning markets into the world economy.
Ambassador Ron Kirk is the United States Trade Representative (USTR). He is a member of President Obama's Cabinet and serves as the President's principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.
Since Ambassador Kirk was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2009, he has led the Obama Administration’s market-opening negotiations and dialogue with trading partners around the world, including the conclusion of bilateral free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama, advancing the ambitious regional Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, and sustaining serious U.S. engagement at the World Trade Organization.
Ambassador Kirk has also simultaneously pursued robust enforcement of America's trade rights in support of U.S. businesses and workers, and he has focused efforts to better assist American small businesses seeking opportunities in international markets.
Ambassador Kirk brings both public service and private sector experience to USTR. He served two terms as the first African-American mayor of Dallas. Prior to becoming mayor, he served as Texas Secretary of State under Governor Ann Richards. In addition, Ambassador Kirk has practiced law as a partner in the international law firm Vinson & Elkins, LLP. He was named one of "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal in 2008.
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A transcript of Ambassador Ron Kirk's speech is available to download. Download 'Advancing Global Trade and Employment Together: Shared Opportunities and Responsibilities for the United States and the European Union (PDF).
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