Jennifer Hillman

Jennifer Hillman has had a distinguished career in government service focused on the rules-based trading system. She served as one of seven members of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body, the WTO’s highest court. As a commissioner at the U.S. International Trade Commission, she adjudicated trade remedy and intellectual property cases along with conducting trade-related economic studies. While serving as general counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Ms. Hillman was involved in all litigation matters coming before panels of the NAFTA or the WTO. She negotiated bilateral agreements with 45 countries while serving as USTR’s ambassador and chief textiles negotiator.

Ms. Hillman is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her work has examined the rules-based trading system’s implications for everything from climate change to Brexit, to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, to critically needed reforms at the WTO.

Before joining USTR, she was the legislative director for U.S. Senator Terry Sanford of North Carolina. She was a partner in the law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent, a senior transatlantic fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a member of the selection panel for the Harry Truman Scholarship Foundation and served on the board of visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

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