Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC
International trade lawyer and policy advisor, 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.
You can reach me via my website at http://www.porgeslaw.com.
• 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).
I teach a graduate school course at SAIS on WTO law and the international trading system.
Also member of SIEL's Founding Committee, 2007-2008, and counsel, 2007-2010
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).
Legal and policy advice on international trade agreements and negotiations; WTO litigation and litigation management; advised public-private partnerships in international health.
WTO litigation and policy work - practice group moved to Sidley Austin in May 2002.
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.
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.
Legal advice on trade negotiations, trade disputes and policy at USTR. Litigated GATT disputes, drafted trade agreements, worked on trade legislation.
Governance and compliance functions
Surveys how (and how effectively) governments solve disputes in regional trade agreements around the world. Written for a World Bank handbook, 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.
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.
+ Trade Policy Forum: General Counsel; + Society of International Economic Law: Corporate secretary, 2010-present; Founding Committee 2007-08; + American Society of International Law: Editor for international economic law, ASIL Insights, 2008-2012; + International Trade Update: Program co-chair, 2002-present.
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