30 July 2021

ICC sits down with Damien Bruckard, Deputy Director of ICC Trade and Investment, to discuss the organization’s response to economic developments created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Few global supply chains have been spared from the wrath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Public lockdowns, export restrictions, and protectionist measures have pushed the global economy to the brink.

Damien Bruckard, Deputy Director of ICC Trade and Investment, discusses ICC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the steps that the organization has taken to ensure open and free trade for all.

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Claudia Salomon President of the ICC Court






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John W.H. Denton AO

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