The WTO Boeing vs. Airbus Case: Implications for WTO Subsidy Rules and for the Future of Commercial Aircraft Competition
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On Friday, September 4, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel issued a preliminary judgment regarding the charges by the United States that the European Union (EU) has illegally subsidized Airbus's development of generations of commercial aircraft. While full details of the ruling will not be published for several Listen to Audio

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months, informed sources state that at least some EU subsidies were found to violate WTO rules. If upheld, the ruling will have major implications for WTO subsidies law, and may affect government support and alleged subsidy for other manufacturing sectors. To analyze the complicated issues involving this case, AEI has assembled a group of experts on the global aircraft industry and on WTO law.

Speaker biographies

Richard L. Aboulafia is the vice president of analysis at Teal Group, where he manages consulting projects in the commercial and military aircraft field and analyzes broader defense and aerospace trends. He has advised numerous aerospace companies, is frequently cited as an aviation industry authority, and has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs and as an expert witness in aerospace markets. Mr. Aboulafia writes and edits Teal Group's World Military and Civil Aircraft Briefing; has published numerous articles in Aviation Week and Space Technology, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times; and has a regular column in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’s Aerospace America. Before he joined Teal Group in 1990, Mr. Aboulafia analyzed the jet engine market at Jane's Information Group, served as an aerospace industry consultant for an international trade advisory company, and supported research projects at the Brookings Institution.

Claude Barfield is a resident scholar at AEI. He is the author or editor of a number of books on trade and science policy, including Free Trade, Sovereignty, Democracy: The Future of the World Trade Organization (AEI Press, 2001). In 1999, he coauthored Tiger by the Tail: China and the World Trade Organization (AEI Press) with Mark Groombridge. Mr. Barfield is working with Andrei Zlate on the forthcoming AEI Press book The Eagle and the Dragon: The United States, China, and the Rise of Asian Regionalism. Before coming to AEI, he served in the Gerald R. Ford administration on the staff of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and as a co-staff director of the President’s Commission for a National Agenda for the Eighties.

Marc L. Busch is the Karl F. Landegger Professor of International Business Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service and associate professor in the government department at Georgetown University. His research and teaching focus on international trade policy and law. He is the author of the book Trade Warriors: States, Firms, and Strategic Trade Policy in High-Technology Competition (Cambridge University Press, 1999) as well as articles in various academic journals. Mr. Busch was previously an associate professor at the Queen’s School of Business and, prior to that, an associate professor of government and social studies at Harvard University, where he was also the director of graduate student programs at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He has been awarded numerous research grants and has won several teaching awards. Mr. Busch is also the coeditor of the journal Economics & Politics. He has an extensive consulting resume, including work with Booz Allen Hamilton, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, McKinsey, and the Trade Law Division of the Department of International Trade Canada.

Myles S. Getlan is a partner at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on trade and investment disputes arising under international agreements, and on customs, export controls, and sanctions, and other international compliance matters. He has represented foreign governments, trade associations, and multinational corporations in various aspects of international trade regulation. Before joining Arent Fox, Mr. Getlan worked in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he focused on the agency’s responsibilities under U.S. trade law, defended U.S. determinations before NAFTA and WTO tribunals, and directed the implementation of WTO decisions in the United States. He also has experience at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Trade Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Getlan speaks and writes extensively on international trade issues and investment issues.

John Magnus, a trade litigator and policy practitioner with nineteen years of experience in the field, is currently of counsel at Miller and Chevalier and president of TradeWins LLC. His practice areas include international trade remedies, investment disputes, trade policy, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and market access. He has litigated numerous cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and he has helped to defend U.S. measures and prosecute U.S. complaints in numerous General Agreement Tariffs and Trade and WTO dispute settlement proceedings. Earlier in his career, Mr. Magnus was a partner at Dewey Ballantine LLP and a member of its Washington, D.C.–based international trade practice group.  Currently, he serves as the chair of the Cuba Study Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. He recently testified, by invitation, at a May 2008 Senate Finance Committee hearing on trade policy and trade enforcement.

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