Certificate Summer Program

U.S. and International Trade Law and Policy

13-17 July, 2020 

The Certificate Summer Program on U.S. and International Trade Law and Policy at American University Washington College of Law covers cutting-edge issues in international trade and U.S. trade policy and law. The course is designed for private and public sector professionals, as well as higher-education students.

This one-week Program exposes practitioners and students to critical skills and practical insights into current aspects of international and U.S. trade law and policy, and provides to opportunity to interacting with renowned experts that will teach, provide update and lead discussions on the most up to date aspects of the international and multilateral trade arena.

The summer curriculum was carefully designed with the idea of providing participants a comprehensive understanding of how international and U.S. trade law and policy works. The program includes luncheons and networking activities to provide participants with the opportunity to exchange information and interact with their peers and expert instructors.

The Summer Program is open to: 

  1. Foreign and U.S. Professionals for a certificate of completion (Diploma) or attendance. 
  2. U.S. Practitioners can also request continuing legal education (CLE) credit and/or certificate of completion (Diploma) or attendance. 
 

Meet Our Team

Renata Vargas
Renata Vargas Amaral

Renata Vargas Amaral

Director, Certificate Summer Program on U.S. and International Trade Law and Policy

Renata serves as the Director of the Summer Program on U.S. and International Trade Law and as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Trade, Investment and Development Program of American University Washington College of Law. In this leadership role, Renata develops and supervises the curriculum of the summer program, recruitment of guest speakers and teaches on international trade law.

Professor Amaral brings over 13 years of experience in advocacy and strategic consulting on a wide range of international and trade policy related issues. Has extensive and proven record of successful engagement at the WTO (including WTO litigation), bilateral trade negotiations, domestic trade policy and market access. She is the Founder of Women Inside Trade Association, a global networking group which work focus on influencing and strengthening the international trade community as well as providing visibility to the work of excellence developed by women on international trade.

She holds a PhD from Maastricht University (the Netherlands), the title of Doctor of Laws from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, and a máster on International Business Law from Complutense University of Madrid. 

Padideh Ala'i
 

Padideh Ala'i

Director, International and Comparative Legal Studies
Director, Trade, Investment and Development Program

Padideh Ala’i is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. She specializes in international economic law, law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and comparative legal traditions. She teaches international trade law and comparative law. Professor Alai’s scholarship has concentrated on the history of free trade, transparency obligations of the WTO and their implications on internal domestic transparency, universalizing the administrative state through the multilateral trading system, as well as good governance and evolution of international anti-corruption norms.

In August 2017, Professor Ala’i was appointed Director of International and Comparative Legal Studies and Faculty Director of the International Legal Studies Program (ILSP). In her new role, she promotes, represents, and coordinates the law school’s renowned international programs that have been consistently ranked among some of the most prestigious programs in the United States. Professor Ala’i is also the Director of the Humbert Humphrey Fellowship Program at WCL, a Fulbright program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The Program brings accomplished mid-career professionals from developing countries to the U.S for 10 months of non-degree study and professional development in the general field of law and human rights. In addition, since 2014, she has led the interdisciplinary Trade, Investment and Development Program (TID) that provides resources to students interested in linkage between trade and other disciplines such as intellectual property, environment, investment, labor and human rights.

Professor Ala’i received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988.