The United States Mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO), located in Geneva, Switzerland, offers an unparalleled opportunity for law students to work for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) abroad and observe first-hand the working of the WTO, an organization with over 150 members. We welcome law students with an interest in international trade law to apply for this position.
The Mission is part of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and is headed by the Deputy United States Trade Representative holding the rank of Ambassador with a staff of approximately 15 professionals, including three legal advisors. Externs will assist Mission staff in working with other WTO members and the WTO Secretariat, as they formulate U.S. positions both in dispute settlement matters and international trade negotiations.
Externs conduct research related to ongoing disputes, historical information related to the WTO dispute settlement process, and negotiations on potential reforms to the rules governing dispute settlement in the WTO. Externs also assist USTR staff in preparing for meetings related to the panel selection and organizational processes. During the externship at the Mission, legal externs also will have the unique opportunity to attend hearings of dispute settlement panels, the Appellate Body, and arbitrators in particular WTO disputes. At present, many of these hearings are not public and only members of a government delegation may attend.
As the Mission staff manages a heavy workload, externs will assume significant responsibility under the supervision of the three legal advisors. It is critical that selected externs possess excellent legal research and writing skills. Ideal applicants have a demonstrated interest in international trade law. The position is open only to U.S. citizens; the selected applicant will need to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance.
To learn more about the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Mission to the WTO, please visit www.ustr.gov.
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