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World Trade Organization


The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the world's preeminent international organization focusing on the rules of trade in goods and services among nations.  With a membership of 164 countries, the WTO settles trade disputes under the WTO agreements and other trade agreements and provides a forum for multilateral trade negotiations and the elimination of trade barriers through alternative channels.  Wiley Rein's attorneys advocate with U.S. government agencies such as the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on behalf of client interests in a variety of WTO-related matters.

WTO Litigation

Wiley Rein has extensive experience representing client interests in trade disputes before the WTO.  We work actively with USTR on behalf of U.S. industries to address violations of WTO law and other trade agreements and to eliminate barriers to trade through the WTO's dispute settlement system.

Our representative experience includes support for the United States as complainant in China-Measures Related to the Exportation of Various Raw Materials, in which the United States successfully challenged China's attempt to unfairly benefit its domestic industries by restricting exports of a variety of raw materials that are crucial inputs for downstream production of steel and other high value-added goods.  Wiley Rein helped to secure Chinese compliance after favorable rulings by a dispute settlement panel and the WTO Appellate Body, resulting in a significant victory on behalf of U.S. industry. 

Wiley Rein also has significant experience defending U.S. trade law from challenges at the WTO.  Our recent representative experience includes support for the United States as respondent in:

  • United States-Countervailing Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from India;
  • United States-Countervailing Duty Measures on Certain Products from China; and
  • United States-Countervailing and Anti-dumping Measures on Certain Products from China.

Trade Analysis and Barrier Resolution

Wiley Rein's WTO capabilities also include the analysis of countries' trade commitments, particularly in complex trade areas such as telecommunications and services, and the elimination of trade barriers through WTO channels other than the dispute settlement system.  Our attorneys assist clients in identifying foreign trade barriers and raising issues bilaterally through WTO committees including the Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures and the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade.


Wiley Rein's International Trade Practice actively advises clients on multilateral trade negotiations at the WTO.  We represent U.S. companies and industries in the ongoing Doha Round of negotiations, particularly in areas such as rules, trade in services, and market access.  We present client views and proposals on these negotiations to trade policy makers, such as USTR and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Treasury, and State.  In addition, we participate in the informal "interested persons" groups that emerge in the negotiation context.

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