Tim Brightbill represents clients on all aspects of international trade law and policy including import trade remedies (such as antidumping and countervailing duty law), WTO matters, trade policy and negotiations, and international e-commerce issues. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law and vice chair of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services. As lead counsel to SolarWorld Industries America, Inc., Tim has unique experience in the renewable energy industries.
By Timothy C. Brightbill on Posted in Trade Policy,World Trade OrganizationThe U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is beginning a comprehensive three-part investigation into digital trade and the impact of digital trade barriers, just as the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has released a new study calling for a World Trade Organization (WTO) case to be filed against China’s barriers to digital trade and e-commerce. The ITC… Continue Reading
By Timothy C. Brightbill on Posted in TPA,TPP,Trade Negotiations,Trade PolicyThe Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement has been available for more than a month now. While analysts are still sorting through the 30 chapters and more than 100 side letters, many are now weighing in with assessments of the agreement, including whether U.S. industries–and the public–will benefit or lose as a result. For instance,… Continue Reading
By Timothy C. Brightbill, Alan H. Price, Nova Daly and Daniel Pickard on Posted in TPP,UncategorizedAfter eight years of negotiations, the United States and 11 other nations concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement on Monday in Atlanta. The 12 nations announced their agreement at a press conference hosted by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday morning. The agreement is the largest ever free trade agreement, covering approximately 40… Continue Reading
By Timothy C. Brightbill on Posted in TPA,TPP,Trade Negotiations,Trade PolicyWith chief negotiators for 12 nations meeting in Hawaii this week to try and finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, trade experts and lawmakers are watching to see if the largest-ever U.S. free trade agreement will be concluded. But a more important question will remain—is TPP a good free trade agreement (FTA)? Free trade agreements… Continue Reading
By Timothy C. Brightbill on Posted in TPA,TPP,Trade Negotiations,Trade Policy,Trade RemediesToday, June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law trade promotion authority (TPA), giving his administration the ability to negotiate international trade agreements subject to approval by Congress without amendment. This is the first time TPA, which last expired in 2007, has been approved for the Obama Administration. The White House announcement is here. Today’s… Continue Reading
By Timothy C. Brightbill on Posted in World Trade OrganizationThe World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement process, now 20 years old, is busier than ever. At the Dispute Settlement Body’s (DSB) meeting on August 29, WTO Members reviewed the status of six ongoing disputes, which demonstrate the growth – and growing complexity – of dispute resolution.… Continue Reading