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Canada and the Economic Summits:
Power and Responsibility

Allan Gotlieb

Bissell Paper Number One
Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto
May, 1988

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Allan E. Gotlieb has served since 1981 as the Ambassador of Canada to the United States. One of Canada's most distinguished public servants, he joined the Department of External Affairs in 1957 and was posted to the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. In 1965 he returned to Ottawa as Head of the Legal Division and was subsequently appointed Assistant Undersecretary of State for External Affairs and Legal Advisor. He then served as Deputy Minister of Communications. Deputy Minister of Manpower and Immigration, and from 1977 to 1981, as Undersecretary of State for External Affairs. His government experience includes work with the International Development Research Corporation, the National Film Board and the Export Development Corporation.

Throughout his career in government, Mr. Gotlieb has made an impressive contribution to the world of scholarship in his home discipline of international law and in the field of political science. He received his B.A. from the University of California, his LL.B. from Harvard Law School (where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review), and his M.A. and B.C.L. from Oxford University (where he was the Vinerian Law Scholar). He has taught at Oxford University, Queen's University, and Carleton University, and is the author of Disarmament and International Law, Canadian Treaty Making, Impact of Technology on International Law, and numerous other scholarly contributions. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Windsor, State University of New York, University of Central Florida, University of Winnipeg, and the University of New Brunswick.

Mr. Gotlieb is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the winner of the Addison-Browne Prize in private itnernational law of Harvard University, the Deak Prize of the American Society of International Law, and the Elsie and Walter A. Haas International Award of the University of California.

Mr. Gotlieb has long been involved in the work of the Centre for International Studies and in Canada's participation in the annual summits of the seven leading industrial democracies. He is the author of Canadian Diplomacy in the 1980's: Leadership and Service, published by the Centre for International Studies in 1979, and has contributed to the Centre's major project on "Canada and International Institutions". His previous analyses of the seven-power summit include his contribution to that project and his speech "The Western Economic Summits" :Statements and Speeches 81/13, which provided one of the first public treatments of the significance of the Summit and Canada's role in it. Mr. Gotlieb has served as the Prime Minister's Personal Representative for five Summits, and a "Sherpa" for three. Mr. Gotlieb was also Undersecretary of State for External Affairs in 1981 when the summit was held in Canada for the first time.

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