The topics should be interesting to anyone involved in US/China trade work. Some people are unaware that specialized laws allow American companies to seek relief against “unfair” foreign imports by adding high tariffs. Despite China’s participation in the world economy for the past three decades, the U.S. government still treats it as a “non-market economy,” which makes it easier to slap on high tariffs in these cases, sometimes well over 100% of the value of the import. On the flip side, some American companies complain that they have a difficult time entering the Chinese market, and the U.S. government has brought cases against China in recent years at the World Trade Organization. The result is a tit-for-tat exchange of accusations and trade obstacles between the United States and China both at home and on the world stage.
If you interested in trade disputes involving the US and China or just in need of free CLE credits you should attend the Brooklyn Law School’s “Trade Disputes Involving the United States and China” on January 21. The conference features two judges from the US Court of International Trade (the Honorable Claire Kelly and the Honorable Donald Pogue), the former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (Bill Kovacic), and law firm partners who represent both the pro- and anti-China side of trade disputes. Dorsey & Whitney partner Bill Perry, who represents Chinese exporters and US importers, will be countered by Chris Cloutier, now at King & Spalding and formerly Acting Deputy Director of Trade Remedy Compliance in the US embassy in Beijing.
The event is free and open to the public, but you will need to RSVP. I am told that there are not many seats remaining, so to reserve your seat (and get your free CLE credits), go here, and fast.