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Int’l Law & the Trump Administration – Part 3: Global Trade Agreements

Join the American Society of International Law for Part 3 of our webcast series on international law and the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

U.S. Participation in Global Trade Agreements Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:30am-12:30pm ET

Modern nations have long relied on trading relationships to sustain and grow their economies, and globalization has intensified their interdependence. Although trade agreements and regulations have often been a source of domestic controversy, they have seldom been as hotly debated as they were during the 2016 election. Since taking office, the Trump administration has announced plans to withdraw from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and has signaled its intention to withdraw from or renegotiate a number of the trade agreements in which the United States currently participates, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

This live online briefing, the third in the Society's series on "International Law and the Trump Administration," will feature former senior U.S. officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations who were responsible for representing the U.S. Government in its trade negotiations around the world and developing and implementing U.S. trade policy. They will discuss the role that international law plays in global trade agreements and disputes; the institutions that address those disputes; what authority the President has, acting on his own, to modify or withdraw from those agreements; criticisms and proposed reforms of the current international trade system; and the possible paths forward for pursuing the United States' economic interests abroad in the Trump Administration.

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Grant Aldonas, Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Institute for International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center; former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

Miriam Sapiro, Partner and Head of the Washington DC Office, Finsbury; former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and Acting U.S. Trade Representative


Lucinda Low, President, American Society of International Law; Partner and head of the Compliance, Investigations, Trade and Enforcement Department, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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Founded in 1906 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1950, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization whose mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. The Society has long been recognized as a respected convener of the international legal community and a trusted resource on international legal issues.

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