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Free Trade Under Fire – How might U.S. trade policy change under a new administration?

July 14, 2016

Candidates on both sides of the U.S. political aisle have signaled a new direction for U.S. trade policy. The UK vote to leave the European Union will fuel the debate. Possibilities include increased tariffs on specific trading partners, and greater restrictions on movements of goods, services, capital and people. Such developments promise to significantly alter the legal and regulatory landscape, providing companies trading goods and services internationally with a host of opportunities and challenges.

View the presentation below.

Topics include:

  • To what extent can the U.S. pursue trade-restricting policies consistent with its requirements of existing treaties, including the World Trade Organization (WTO) and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
  • What constraints do existing treaties impose on U.S. options?
  • What legislative steps would the U.S. need to pursue to change current policy?
  • What are the implications for the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership still under negotiation?

Sidley Speakers:

  • Scott D. Andersen
    Partner, Geneva
    International Trade
  • Glenn L. Pinkerton
    Partner, Houston
    Energy
  • Iain Sandford
    Partner, Geneva
    International Trade
  • Andrew W. Shoyer
    Partner, Washington, D.C.
    International Trade

For more information or questions, please contact us at sidleybrussels@sidley.com.

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July 14, 2016