Legal Weapons in the China Currency Duel
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President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have expressed frustration at China's failure to undertake substantial currency appreciation, and, until now, World Trade Organization (WTO) rules have constrained the United States' actions against China. But the House of Representatives is about to change U.S. law to make retaliation easier. At this AEI event, leading WTO and trade-law experts will address whether these legislative proposals would violate existing WTO rules and whether a U.S. case against Chinese currency practices could succeed before the WTO.


1:45 p.m.

MARC BUSCH, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
JOHN MAGNUS, American University
LINDA MENGHETTI, Emergency Committee for American Trade



Speaker biographies

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 an associate professor of government and social studies at Harvard University, where he was also the director of graduate-student programs at the 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 worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, McKinsey, and the trade-law division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

Tim Keeler joined Mayer Brown in 2009 as an attorney in the Government and Global Trade Group.  Before joining Mayer Brown, Mr. Keeler served in a variety of senior positions in the U.S. government for almost twelve years. Most recently, he was the chief of staff in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 2006 to 2009, where he oversaw implementation of U.S. policy, strategy, and negotiations involving international trade and investment matters. He worked on a number of key issues including climate change and trade, U.S.-China relations, World Trade Organization negotiations and litigation, free-trade agreement negotiations and implementation, and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States decisions. Before that, he worked for the Treasury Department and served on George W. Bush’s presidential transition team. Mr. Keeler is also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Law, a member of the board of directors of the Washington International Trade Foundation, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

John Magnus is a high-profile trade litigator and policy practitioner at Miller and Chevalier, with nineteen years of experience in the field, and an adjunct scholar to the Washington College of Law at American University. His practice areas include international trade remedies, investment disputes, trade policy, the World Trade Organization, 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 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 testified, by invitation, at a May 2008 Senate Finance Committee hearing on trade policy and trade enforcement.

Linda Menghetti is vice president of the Emergency Committee for American Trade. She advises companies and works with administration officials, members of Congress, and business and nongovernmental organizations in support of trade and investment liberalization, including opening foreign markets and keeping the U.S. market open. Before assuming that position, Ms. Menghetti was chief minority trade counsel and minority trade counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. She also served as legislative assistant for international issues to former senator Bill Bradley and worked as a lawyer in private practice at the law firms of Dewey Ballantine and McKenna & Cuneo. Ms. Menghetti is the recipient of an international-affairs fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Women in International Trade Woman of the Year Award. She is a member of the board of directors for the Washington International Trade Association and treasurer of the Trade Policy Forum.

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