The Program, led by long-time federal trade negotiator and chief counsel Steve Powell, was formed in January 2000 as part of the state’s premier legal research institute, the Center for Governmental Responsibility. The program pursues its goal by sponsoring seminars for business executives and their attorneys, developing academic courses on international trade topics, conducting research on trade issues important to Florida businesses, and providing technical assistance to developing countries to implement their World Trade Organization obligations.
Stephen J. Powell, Director International Trade Law Program
Address: University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, FL 32611-7629
He also has served as Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement & Litigation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and with the same agency as its Western Regional Counsel in Seattle. He began his legal career as a Captain with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps.
Powell has more than 25 years of experience in drafting and implementing U.S. trade and environmental laws and in litigating those laws and their international counterparts before federal courts and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels. He negotiated a number of treaties and executive agreements to discipline government subsidization and unfair private pricing practices – including the NAFTA alliance with Canada and Mexico.
Powell also served as the lead U.S. negotiator in Free Trade Area of the Americas talks on subsidies and dumping, and has traveled extensively in furtherance of U.S. interests in the elimination of unfair trading practices and the opening of foreign markets. He is an expert on the trade laws of the principal U.S. market overseas and is an active member of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section.
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