Mr Peter Sutherland will outline the importance of the Irish rules governing the public debate of the Treaty of Lisbon in the run up to the second referendum on the 2nd October 2009.
Mr Peter Sutherland is the chairman of BP and non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs. He practiced as a barrister from 1969 to 1981, when he was appointed Attorney General of Ireland. In 1984, he was nominated by the Government of Ireland as a Commissioner of the European Communities. He was a Commissioner with responsibility for Competition Policy from 1985 until 1989. In 1993 he became Director-General of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). He was subsequently Director-General of the World Trade Organisation until 1995.
In 2007, he became a member of the advisory group to President Barroso, the President of the European Community, on energy and climate change issues. In January 2008, he was appointed chairman of the London School of Economics Court and Council. He is also the UN Special Representative for Migration and Development.