Senior WTO Legal Advisor

Chris Parlin is among the world’s foremost authorities on WTO negotiations and dispute settlement resolutions, having served as senior counsel at USTR both in Washington and Geneva and having extensive GATT/WTO experience in private law practice.  Previously, Mr. Parlin served as Deputy USTR of Multilateral Trade Negotiations.  Mr. Parlin also worked as a Legal Advisor with the USTR Mission to the GATT and as a USTR Associate General Counsel.  Mr. Parlin also has private sector experience representing and advising governments, companies, and industry associations regarding multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations (including the Doha Development Agenda).  He has also advised clients on WTO accession negotiations and implementing WTO commitments.  Mr. Parlin teaches GATT/WTO law both at Georgetown and George Washington University law schools and is Deputy Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of International and Economic Law.

Mr. Parlin graduated cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law.  He also received a Graduate Diploma from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies’ Bologna Center, as well as a B.A. in political science from Yale University.