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Amy Porges

International trade lawyer and policy advisor, Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC

Washington D.C. Metro Area
Law Practice
  1. Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC,
  2. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  1. Society of International Economic Law,
  2. Japan-US Friendship Commission,
  3. Sidley Austin LLP
  1. Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
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Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC

Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC


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Advocate and founder of the Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC, where I advise governments, trade associations, companies and stakeholders on how to make World Trade Organization (WTO) law, trade agreements and investment rules work for them.

Analysis, strategy advice and advocacy on all aspects of trade policy and negotiations, working with a wide range of industries and agricultural groups. Guided US WTO litigation during the WTO's first five years, at the Office of the US Trade Representative; served as legal advisor in the GATT Secretariat during the Uruguay Round negotiations that led to the WTO; and advised clients at major international law firms. Extensive experience in WTO litigation -- argued cases to WTO and GATT panels and the WTO Appellate Body, and drafted dispute settlement submissions.

Known for expertise and understanding of trade agreements, the WTO, dispute settlement, international economic law, trade in services and trade in digital content. Also advise and troubleshoot on operational issues in (or with) international or transnational organizations.

Member, Roster of External Counsel, Advisory Centre for WTO Law, Geneva.

Extensive knowledge of U.S. government policy development and regulatory processes, trade negotiations and WTO law. Strong interest in digital content, internet businesses, business software and the entertainment software industry. Expert on trade in services, GATT market access and regional trade agreements.

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Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC
– Present (5 years 3 months)

• Advise companies, governments and industry associations in service industries, business software, video game and online music industries on WTO law, bilateral market access issues and free trade agreement negotiations.

• WTO litigation and legislative work: legal and policy analysis, brief-writing, strategic advice and advocacy. Briefed and argued cases before WTO and GATT panels and the WTO Appellate Body.

• Advised on trade retaliation, trade and climate change/environmental regulation, Chinese and EU regulatory issues, market access for service businesses (financial, telecom, express delivery, professional services); treaty-based investment arbitration; tariffs and customs issues; procurement trade, agricultural trade, automotive trade.

Worked with many industries including technology hardware and software, medical devices, sweeteners, energy, processed food, chemicals, metals, forest products, textiles and apparel, electronics, pharmaceuticals, aquaculture products, and others.

Member, Roster of External Counsel, Advisory Centre for WTO Law, Geneva. Recognized by Who's Who Legal (Trade and Customs), Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Euromoney Expert Guides (International Trade and Shipping, Best of the Best Women in Business Law).

Professorial Lecturer

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
– Present (15 years 11 months)

I teach a graduate school course at SAIS on WTO law and the international trading system.

Executive Council (board) member and Corporate Secretary

Society of International Economic Law
(4 years)London, United Kingdom

Also member of SIEL's Founding Committee, 2007-2008, and counsel, 2007-2010


Japan-US Friendship Commission
(6 years 1 month)

Small grant-making Federal agency supporting training and information to help prepare Americans to better meet challenges and opportunities in the US-Japan relationship. Member, US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON; binational advisory board).


Sidley Austin LLP
(7 years 4 months)

Legal and policy advice on international trade agreements and negotiations; WTO litigation and litigation management; advised public-private partnerships in international health.

Of Counsel

Powell Goldstein
(2 years)

WTO litigation and policy work - practice group moved to Sidley Austin in May 2002.

Senior Counsel for Dispute Settlement

US Trade Representative
(6 years 1 month)

Head of enforcement in USTR's Monitoring and Enforcement Unit. Managed substantial trade dispute litigation docket, litigation staff, strategy and procedural issues during the eventful first five years of the WTO; negotiated for U.S. on dispute settlement reform; argued cases to WTO panels and the Appellate Body. Legal advice and trouble-shooting on Information Technology Agreement (1996), tariff negotiations, and WTO operations.

Senior Legal Officer, Counsellor for Legal Affairs

GATT Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland
(4 years)

Legal adviser in the Secretariat of the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) during the Uruguay Round trade negotiations that led to the WTO Agreement. Advised delegations and negotiating groups; advised GATT arbitration panels settling disputes between governments; edited the official compendium of 50 years of GATT law and practice.

Attorney/Assistant General Counsel/Associate General Counsel

US Trade Representative
(9 years 10 months)

Legal advice on trade negotiations, trade disputes and policy at USTR. Litigated GATT disputes, drafted trade agreements, worked on trade legislation.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Corporate secretary

Society of International Economic Law

Governance and compliance functions

Chair, International Trade Committee

American Branch - International Law Association

Opportunities Amy is looking for:

Causes Amy cares about:

Organizations Amy supports:


  • International Law
  • International Trade
  • Policy Analysis
  • Policy
  • WTO
  • Government
  • International Trade Law
  • International Economics
  • International Relations
  • Public International Law
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Negotiation
  • Public Policy
  • International...
  • Customs Regulations
  • Legal Advice
  • Climate Change
  • Economic Development
  • International...
  • Legislative Relations
  • Energy Policy
  • Capacity Building
  • Foreign Policy
  • Legislation
  • Rule Of Law
  • Customs
  • Strategy
  • International Trade...
  • Trade Policy
  • Market Access
  • Trade Negotiations
  • European Union
  • Analysis
  • Nonprofits
  • Research
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"Dispute Settlement" in Preferential Trade Agreement Policies for Development(Link)

Preferential Trade Agreement Policies for Development-- World Bank
June 2011

Surveys how (and how effectively) governments solve disputes in regional trade agreements around the world. Written for a World Bank handbook, 2011.

The Politics of International Economic Law (co-edited)(Link)

Cambridge University Press
March 2011

Essays by leading experts that address the influence of politics on international economic law, and the influence of law on international economic relations, by addressing specific international economic problems.


GATT Analytical Index/Guide to GATT Law and Practice(Link)


The most comprehensive guide to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which preceded the WTO and forms the core of the WTO Agreement. Compiled from GATT dispute settlement panel reports, negotiating records and other documents from the 50-year history of the GATT (from post-WWII negotiations through termination of "GATT 1947" on 31 December 1995). Covers every GATT provision plus chapters on GATT institutional law and documentary sources. Sixth & final ed., 1996, republished 2012 in PDF format and available on the WTO website.


  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. French

    Professional working proficiency
  3. Japanese

    Professional working proficiency
  4. Spanish

    Limited working proficiency


Active member, DC Bar

District of Columbia Bar
– Present


Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

MPP, Public Policy

Joint degree program with Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School

JD, Law, Public Policy

Joint degree program with Kennedy School of Government

Activities and Societies: East Asian Legal Studies Program


Visiting scholar

Activities and Societies: Visiting scholar, Japanese industrial policy and competition policy

Honors & Awards

Recognized in Who's Who Legal (International Trade & Customs) 2014; Best Lawyers in America; Euromoney Expert Guides (International Trade, 2012; Women in Business Law 2013).

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