Professor Alejandro Jaraobtained his law degree from the University of Chile in 1973. Then he pursued graduate studies at the Law School, University of California at Berkeley (1975–1976). From 1997 to 1998, he was Chief Negotiator for the Chile-Mexico Free Trade Agreement. In July 1999, he was designated Director General for International Economic Relations. In June 2000, he was appointed as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Chile to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. In 2001, he served as Chairperson of the Committee on Trade and Environment of the WTO. Between 2002 and 2005, he was Chairman of the Negotiating Group of Trade in Services of the WTO.
From 2005 to 2013, he has served as Deputy Director General of the WTO. For three years until October 2016, he was Senior Counsel with the law firm King & Spalding LLP (Geneva). He presently practices international trade law in Santiago, Chile and teaches in several universities including Universidad de Chile, UIBE (Beijing), IELPO (Barcelona), Master in International Trade Negotiations (Mexico).
ProfessorJames DeShaw Rae is the professor of Government at California State University, Sacramento. James is originally from Iowa and did his bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Iowa. From 1997-2000, he worked in Washington, DC as a researcher at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), a non-partisan think tank funded by the U.S. Congress to help prevent, manage and resolve international conflict. While there, he did a masters' degree in International Affairs at American University. He received his PhD in Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i in 2005. He is the author of Analyzing the Drone Debates: Targeted Killing, Remote Warfare, and Military Technology (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice in East Timor (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner/First Forum Press, 2009). From 2011-12, James was a Fulbright Scholar at China Foreign Affairs University and from 2017-18 is a Fulbright Scholar at Beijing Foreign Studies University.