Lectures & Events

Emerging Trends and Unique Approaches to The Enforcement of U.S. Customs And International Trade Laws

Friday, October 27, 2017
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2.5 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval

While the Trump Administration considers the deployment of novel and modified, preexisting remedies to address unfair international trade practices, domestic industry and importers are reassessing their priorities and adjusting to a new trade enforcement regime.

The recently implemented Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 established formal procedures for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to investigate whether merchandise entered into the United States in evasion of applicable duties or other security through false statements or acts by an importer. While the Obama-era statute bolstered U.S. trade agency authority to enforce U.S. trade statutes, trade and customs officials and practitioners are still sorting out numerous questions relating to parties' procedural rights under the new legal proceedings.

On a separate, parallel track, older established trade remedies, such as Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and Section 232(b) of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, have been revived by domestic industry and the government, seeking to secure lawful trade action beyond antidumping and countervailing remedies.

The Second Annual International Trade Law Fall Update, Co-Sponsored by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, the American Society of International Law and the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, will examine the impact of the recently enacted trade statutes on Customs and International Trade Law practitioners, and what can be inferred about the predictability and finality of international business transactions in this new period of heightened private and public enforcement.

Organized by Professor Juscelino F. Colares, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Business Law and Associate Director of the Cox Center, the conference will feature the Honorable Leo M. Gordon, Judge of the U.S. Court of International Trade, as well as a renowned cadre of customs and trade counsel and officials from Washington D.C., New York City, Kansas City and Los Angeles.

Event Location
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

8:00 - 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35 Dean's Welcome
Michael Scharf, Dean and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Joseph C. Hostetler, BakerHostetler Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
8:35 - 8:40 Introduction
Juscelino F. Colares, Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; Associate Director, Cox International Law Center; Member of the United States Roster of NAFTA (Chapter 19) Trade Panelists
8:40 - 9:15 One-on-one Discussion with the Honorable Leo M. Gordon, U.S. Court of
International Trade, on Somethings Change, Somethings Stay the Same: Trends in Litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade.
9:30 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 10:45 Alternative Trade Remedies and Customs: EAPA and Other Developments
Chair: Justin Miller, Senior Trial Counsel, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice.
Neil R. Ellis, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP (DC)
Beau Jackson
, Partner, Adducci, Mastriani & Schaumberg (Kansas City)
Daniel Calhoun, Assist. Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce.
12:00  Morning Session's Closing Remarks
3:00 - 3:15 Afternoon Coffee
3:15 - 4:00 Planning and Beginning a Career in Trade Law—A Panel with Recent CWRU Trade Law Alumni

Chair: Juscelino F. Colares, Schott-van den Eynden Professor of Business Law

Luke Tillman, L'11, Counsel to Chmn. Irving A. Williamson, U.S. International Trade Commission
Heather Doherty, L'12, Associate, International Trade, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Zack Walker, L'13, Law Clerk, U.S. Court of International Trade
Brendan Saslow, L'14, Counsel for Trade Enforcement & Compliance, US Department of Commerce
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