Certificate Program on WTO and US Trade Law and Policy

This online program is a unique opportunity to engage with government officials, WTO leaders and counsellors, and leading trade lawyers and practitioners. The program is suitable for experienced practitioners looking to engage with experts on cutting-edge issues affecting international economic relations as well as students and professionals new to the field. All sessions will be recorded and made accessible.
About the Program:
In a world of profound economic inter-dependencies, the Biden Administration has to regain trust of allies and trading partners in the East and the West while balancing domestic interests.  As global challenges emerge and change ever more quickly including the exponential digitalization of society and increasing environmental degradation of our planet, the international community needs both US leadership and coordination among states working together to rebuild trust in a multilateral but flexible, rules-based approach to trade relations.This Course will explore trade law and policy.  The Course connects participants with leading policy makers, trade lawyers, and officials at the forefront of current trade developments.  With interactive online sessions, the course provides a stimulating learning experience for students interested in trade as well as advanced practitioners who want to take part in shaping the future of international trade.  The issues covered include: Overview of both WTO and US trade regimes; regional trading arrangements with particular attention to USMCA, the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) between China and the EU; Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP); Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP); trade and climate change; trade, labor and migration; trade and gender;  trade and health; and digital trade .
The course is co-directed by Professor Padideh Ala’i and Dr. Renata Amaral. Professor Padideh Ala’i is Professor of Law and Director of International and Comparative Legal Studies at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL), and Director of AUWCL’s Program on Trade, Investment and Development. Dr. Renata Amaral is an International Trade Scholar, Founder of Women Inside Trade, and an Adjunct Professor at AUWCL.


For more information please email internationaltrade@wcl.american.edu

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