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2020 WITA Virtual Intensive Trade Seminar

Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (US/Eastern)
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Early Bird Pricing Through August:

Full package (4 Parts):

  • Non Member: $400

  • WITA Member: $300

  • Government Non Member: $300

  • Government WITA Member: $150

  • University/Student: $100

Individual bundles available: $100/part

To get WITA member pricing, click here.


Who Should Attend? 

The four-part Intensive Trade Seminar is geared towards individuals who want to learn how trade policy is made in Washington, DC. Past attendees include those in business, law, academia, NGOs, embassies and the U.S. Government.

The curriculum is focused on helping attendees broaden their understanding of trade policy making, those seeking a career in trade policy, others new to the trade policy field, and anyone serving the import/export community.

We also encourage the international community working on economic and trade issues, and others who want to learn more about international trade, to participate in this program. 

If you cannot view every session at the time it is originally offered, most sessions* will also be available off-line to paying attendees (access code will be required).

To keep the dialogue open and candid, the Intensive Trade Seminar is OFF THE RECORD and is not open to the press.


Proposed Dates and Format:

The 2020 Intensive Trade Seminar will be held virtually on Zoom**

12 Seminars in the course of 3 days (4-Part Series)

Each day will highlight an array of U.S. government agencies and their roles in formulating trade policy.


Part One: Role of the U.S. Congress and Government Agencies

Friday, September 18th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (US/Eastern)

Part Two: Trade Law

Friday, September 18th, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (US/Eastern)

Part Three: Investment, Sanctions, and International Tax

Monday, September 21st, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (US/Eastern)

Part Four: U.S. Trade Agenda

Tuesday, September 22nd, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (US/Eastern)


2020 Intensive Trade Seminar Schedule:

Topics Subject to Modification

All times US/Eastern

Part One – Friday, September 18, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Role of the U.S. Congress and Government Agencies

  • Session 1: The Congressional Role in Trade Policymaking

  • Session 2: Trade Responsibilities in the Executive Branch and the Interagency Process

  • Session 3, Part 1: Trade Promotion & Coordination (30 min)

  • Session 3, Part 2: The USITC – Investigations and Analysis (30 min)

Part Two – Friday, September 18, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Trade Law

  • Session 1: AD/CVD/Safeguards

  • Session 2: Unilateral Trade Tools – Sections 301, 232 and IEEPA

  • Session 3: Update on the WTO

Part Three – Monday, September 21, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Investment, Sanctions, and International Tax

  • Session 1: Sanctions

  • Session 2: International Tax (inc. Digital Services Taxes) and Trade

  • Session 3: Foreign Investment and Export Controls

Part Four – Tuesday, September 22, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: U.S. Trade Agenda

  • Session 1: U.S.- China Trade

  • Session 2: The USMCA Model (Rapid Response Mechanism, Digital Trade, Rules of Origin)

  • Session 3, Part 1: Current Trade Negotiations 

  • Session 3, Part 2: U.S. Trade Agenda in 2021 and Beyond 

* Most sessions will be available to paying attendees to watch at a later time. However, certain sessions may not be recorded to facilitate more open discussion.

** If your agency or business does not use Zoom, we can work with you to make content available on an accessible platform for later viewing.


Full 2020 speaker list will be announced in the coming weeks, past speakers include:

Alberto Hart, First Secretary, Embassy of Peru

Ambassador Alan Larson, Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP

Ambassador Rufus Yerxa, President, National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC)

Amy Porges, Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC

Andrea Durkin, Principal, Sparkplug LLC

Andrea M. Ewart, Esq., Founder, DevelopTradeLaw, LLC

Andrew Shoyer, Sidley & Austin – former Legal Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the WTO, and Assistant General Counsel at USTR

Angela Ellard, Chief International Trade Counsel & Staff Director, House Ways and Means Committee

Anissa Brennan, Motion Picture Association of America

Ann Linde, Sweden’s Minster of Trade

Barbara Linney, Partner, BakerHostetler; Adjunct Professor of Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, Georgetown University Law Center

Brad Ward, King & Spalding, former Deputy General Counsel at USTR, and Assistant USTR for Monitoring & Enforcement

Brian Pomper, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Carrie Goodge O’Brien, Counsellor (Trade Policy), Embassy of Canada

Catherine Schultz, National Foreign Trade Council

Charles Freeman, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institute

Christine Bliss, President, Coalition of Services Industries

Clay Lowery, Executive Vice President of Research and Policy, Institute of International Finance; former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Damien Levie, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America

Dan Brinza, Senior Counsel for Dispute Settlement, Office of the United States Trade Representative

Dan Mullaney, Assistant USTR for Europe and the Middle East

David Brightling, Embassy of Australia

Derek Scissors, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Doug Bell, Ernst & Young – former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Trade and Investment

Ed Brzytwa, Information Technology IndustryErin Ennis, Senior Vice President, U.S.-China Business Council

Esther Nieto Hernandez, Counsellor, Deputy Head Trade and Agriculture Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America

Hon. F. Scott Kieff, U.S. International Trade Commission

James Gould, Ogilvy Government Relations

Jayme White, Chief Advisor for International Competitiveness and Innovation, U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

Jonathan Engler, Partner, Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP

Jonathan McHale, Deputy Assistant USTR for Telecommunications and E-Commerce

Joshua Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution

Katrin Kuhlmann, President & Founder, New Markets Lab; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Kellie Meiman Hock, Managing Partner, McLarty Associates

Laura M. Baughman, President The Trade Partnership and Trade Partnership Worldwide, LLC

Luke Lindberg, Senior Vice President, Export Import Bank of the United States

Lynn Fischer Fox, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Policy and Negotiations, International Trade Administration

Marideth Sandler, CEO and International Trade Advisor, Sandler Trade LLC

Marjorie Chorlins, Vice President, European Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Monica de Bolle, Senior Fellow The Peterson Institute for International Economics

Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, International Trade & Government Affairs, Sandler Travis & Rosenberg P.A.

Nova Daly, Senior Public Policy Advisor, Wiley Rein LLP

Paul DeLaney, Vice President, Business Roundtable and Former International Trade Counsel, Senate Finance Committee

Paul Piquado, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement and Compliance

Peter Harrell, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security Program, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Peter Lichtenbaum, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Randy Dove, Former Executive Director, Government Relations, HP

Robb Tanner, Director for Digital Trade at the Office of the United States Trade Representative

Rodrigo A. Contreras, Embassy of Chile

Scott Miller, Senior Adviser, Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM)

Stacy J. Ettinger, Partner, K&L Gates; Former Senior Legal and Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

Stephen Claeys, Wiley Rein LLP – Former Trade Counsel, U.S. House Ways & Means Committee

Stephen Ezell, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Steve Charnovitz, George Washington University Law School

Susan K. Ross, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

Timothy Keeler, Mayer Brown, LLP – former Chief of Staff, USTR

Tricia Van Orden, Executive Secretary, President’s Export Council

Wendy Cutler, Asia Society Policy Institute – former Deputy USTR

William Reinsch, Senior Advisor at Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP & Scholl Chair in International Business, Center for Strategic & International Studies