Trade Policy under President Trump: A First-Hand View From Washington
Melbourne Law School
Room 920, Level 9
185 Pelham Street
T: 8344 4799
Since taking office President Trump has ushered in a new era of trade policy in the United States in an effort to secure a policy centred on free, fair and reciprocal trade. Commencing with the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, the renegotiation of the North-American Free Trade Agreement and the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement, the Administration has charted a new and often controversial path on trade.
A suite of trade remedies investigations have seen safeguards imposed on washing machines and solar panels while reviews under US law have provided the basis for new trade actions, most notably the section 232 national security investigation into imports of steel and aluminium. Meanwhile US-China trade relations have come under intense scrutiny following the section 301 investigation on forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft.
In this lunchtime seminar Mr Brightling will review US trade policy under President Trump from a first-hand perspective in Washington DC. How have we got here, who is driving the agenda, and what lies ahead?
Mr David Brightling, Counsellor (Trade)
Mr David Brightling
Embassy of Australia, Washington
David Brightling commenced as Trade Counsellor at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC in July 2015. Prior to this he was Legal Counsel and Deputy Chief Negotiator on the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations and managed Australian Government policy on InvestorState Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and Australia’s bilateral investment treaties. Prior to 2013 David was Principal Legal Officer at the AttorneyGeneral’s Department Office of International Law, working on FTA negotiations with Malaysia, Japan and Korea as well as providing advice across a range of trade and investment law obligations including telecommunications, environment, intellectual property and foreign investment. David led Australia’s delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) which in 2013 completed negotiations for new rules on transparency in ISDS arbitration. Between 2006 to 2008 David worked as a policy advisor on the WTO Doha Round agriculture negotiations.