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Amelia Porges

Amelia Porges

Practice areas:

International Law, Administrative Law

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About Me


Advocate and founder of the Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC, where I advise governments, trade associations, companies and stakeholders on how to make international trade law, trade agreements and investment rules work for them. 


Provide and present creative analysis, strategy advice and advocacy on all aspects of trade policy and negotiations, working with a wide range of industries and agricultural groups. Experience in trade law includes guiding U.S. WTO litigation during the WTO's first five years, at the Office of the US Trade Representative; legal advising in the GATT Secretariat during the Uruguay Round negotiations that led to the WTO; and private practice at major international law firms. Extensive experience in WTO litigation, including arguing cases to WTO and GATT panels and the WTO Appellate Body, and drafting dispute settlement submissions.


Known for expertise and understanding of the WTO, the WTO Agreement, dispute settlement, international economic law, and trade in digital content. Also advise and troubleshoot on operational issues in (or with) international or transnational organizations.



Languages Spoken: French, Japanese

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. International Law: 70%
    35 years
  2. Administrative Law: 30%
    35 years

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Ranked - Trade & Customs LawInternational Who's Who of International Trade & Customs Lawyers2014
Best Law Firms - nationally rankedBest Lawyers (United States)2014
Best of the Best Women in Business LawEuromoney Legal Media Group Expert Guides2013
Chambers Global (International Trade)Chambers & Partners Global2013
World's Leading International Trade LawyersEuromoney Legal Media Group Expert Guides2012
Recognized (International Trade Law)Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2011

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalLaw Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC2009 - Present
CounselSidley & Austin2002 - 2009
Of CounselPowell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy2000 - 2002
Sr Counsel for Dispute Settlemt/head enfmt; Assoc GCOffice of the U.S. Trade Representative1994 - 2000
Senior Legal Officer/Counsellor for Legal AffairsGATT Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland1990 - 1994
Assoc. GC/Asst. GC/Atty-AdvisorOffice of the US Trade Representative1980 - 1990

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Society of International LawEditor, ASIL Insights2008 - 2012
Society for International Economic LawCorporate Secretary and member of founding committee2007 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
WTO (2 vols., contributed chapters)Analytical Index/Guide to WTO Law & Practice2012
Published by WTO Secretariat - authoritative commentary on 50 years of GATT lawAnalytical Index/Guide to GATT Law and Practice (2012 ed.)2012
Cambridge University PressThe Politics of International Economic Law (ed.)2011

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Cornell UniversityLinguisticsBA - Bachelor of Arts1973

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
WTO Bali Ministerial ConferenceTrade and renewable energy2013
International Trade UpdateCo-chair2011