President Trump has made “America first” a central theme of his presidency. In practice, this has meant adopting policies which are intended to promote success for the United States without consideration of any resulting effects on other countries or non-U.S. persons. These policies have resulted in a greater focus on America’s borders.
One of the best examples of this inward-looking focus is found in President Trump’s approach to international trade which, in just a few years, has fundamentally reshaped U.S. trade policy. Major news sources, such as the New York Times and Washington Post, now include a discussion of trade-related issues on a daily basis. Come learn from experts in the international trade field with government and private sector experience about the trade issues you hear about every day. The workshop will provide an overview of some of the most important trade issues and trends. Specifically, we will discuss President Trump’s rejection of global trade in favor of protecting U.S. manufacturers, his rejection of existing trade agreements and insistence on negotiating with trading partners one-on-one rather than through established multilateral channels, and his rejection of the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) Appellate Body which could result in the end of WTO dispute resolution in a matter of months. The workshop is intended for audiences with all levels of knowledge of international trade law and will include foundational introductions to each issue. Even if you have no current knowledge of international trade law, come learn about these hot topics in what is sure to be a lively and interesting discussion.