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Renata Amaral

Ph.D, International Trade Lawyer and Consultant


Dr. Renata Vargas Amaral is an experienced international trade lawyer, with an extensive and proven record of successful engagement at the World Trade Organization (WTO), bilateral and regional trade negotiations, domestic trade policy and market access. Over the course of her fifteen-years career, has advised governments and private stakeholders on international trade matters, with a focus on WTO law. She currently serves as Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law, where she co-directs the certificate program on WTO and US Trade Law and Policy.

Dr. Amaral is an independent Senior International Trade Advisor, and the trade and good regulatory practices staff lead of the InterAmerican Coalition for Regulatory Convergence of the Medical Devices Sector. She is the founder of Women Inside Trade, a non-profit international organization that aims to contribute to the empowerment of women through its global network of professionals, specialized training and leadership development. She is also Associate Member at the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation – IGIR, and a listed expert at the Centre for International Governance Innovation – CIGI .

In 2021, Dr. Amaral was appointed as an academic member of Conex, the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade and Investment’s Private Sector Advisory Board, as an academic member of the WTO Gender Research Hub,  member of the Board of Directors at Counterpart International, and member of the Trust Committee at the Association of Women in International Trade DC.

She is a Visiting Professor and a regular guest lecturer in international trade law and policy in universities in Brazil, and her analyses and commentaries are regularly featured in the media in Brazil and the U.S., including CNN Brasil, Globo News, Inter-American Dialogue, Reuters, Estado de São Paulo, VEJA, Exame and Época Negocios. Dr. Amaral writes articles every 15 days for Agência Estado/Broadcast.

Dr. Amaral holds a Ph.D. from Maastricht University (the Netherlands), a title of Doctor of Laws and a LL.B. from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil), and a master from the Complutense Univerisity of Madrid (Spain).

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