International Trade and Investment Law

Renata Watkins

Prior to becoming a Canadian lawyer, Renata was a diplomat in the Brazilian Foreign Service for twenty years.

Much of Renata’s diplomatic work focused on international trade matters relating to international trade law. She has solid knowledge of the multilateral trading system acquired as a function of her diplomatic posting at the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations in Geneva (1991-1993). This includes first-hand experience in international trade negotiations as she participated in the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade talks that led to the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in the negotiations creating “Mercosur,” the regional trade agreement between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Renata was also immersed for some time in bilateral trade and investment dealings between Brazil and Canada as a function of her position as Head of the Commercial Section of the Embassy of Brazil in Ottawa from 1995 to 2000 and of the Consulate General of Brazil in Montreal from 2000 to 2005.

Since being called to the Ontario Bar in 2011, Renata has made it her mission to assist Canadian companies in doing business in foreign markets. Renata’s diplomatic experience gives her a distinct advantage in working with different cultures in the global marketplace. As a function of Renata’s personal and professional background, South America remains her priority focus. She speaks fluently the principal languages of the Americas: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Renata is a Ph.D. candidate in Law at the University of Ottawa and a lecturer at Carleton University’s Department of Law and Legal Studies.

Renata is also a Sommelier and a member of the United States-based Guild of Sommeliers and the National Capital Sommelier Guild.

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