Hillman, Pauwelyn, Leaders in Trade, Among New Visiting Professors

August 25, 2014 — Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to welcome Jennifer A. Hillman and Joost Pauwelyn as visiting professors, beginning fall semester 2014. Both will teach in the areas of trade and international law.

“Georgetown Law has long been the preeminent United States law school in the trade field, and the addition of Professors Hillman and Pauwelyn will deepen that extraordinary program. Professor Hillman has profoundly shaped the law as a jurist, public official and private practitioner, and Professor Pauwelyn is universally recognized as one of the leading trade scholars in the world. At a time in which trade issues are ever more important, we are delighted that both these leaders in the field will be with us,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor.

Jennifer HillmanJennifer Hillman, who will teach the courses International Law I and International Law II: International Trade and Business Law, has had a distinguished career in public service both nationally and internationally. Most recently, she served as one of seven judges from around the world on the WTO’s highest court, its Appellate Body, where she helped adjudicate 20 disputes involving a wide variety of legal obligations ranging from claims arising from subsidies to Airbus, Boeing and United States cotton producers to regulations over trade in agriculture products, antidumping disputes and claims regarding the nature and extent of China’s WTO accession commitments. 

Hillman also has in-depth experience adjudicating antidumping, countervailing duty, patent and safeguards cases, having served as a commissioner at the United States International Trade Commission. Through her work as the general counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Hillman was integrally involved in all litigation matters in which the United States was a party or third party in disputes before panels of the NAFTA or the WTO. She was also able to reach mutually acceptable agreements with over 45 countries while serving as the United States Trade Representative’s ambassador and chief textiles negotiator. She began her public service working in the United States Senate on numerous pieces of legislation relating to banking, securities, financial services, investment, housing and international trade.  

Hillman currently serves as a senior transatlantic fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States and with the law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent. She earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.Ed. and B.A. magna cum laude from Duke University.

Joost PauwelynJoost Pauwelyn, who will teach International Trade Law and lead a practicum in International Trade and Investment Law, specializes in international economic law, in particular the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and foreign investment law. Since 2007 he has been a professor of international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and co-director of the Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration. Pauwelyn has also advised governments and non-state actors in WTO dispute settlement and investor-state arbitration. From 2007 to 2014 he was senior adviser with the law firm of King & Spalding and is a co-founder of, an online platform aimed at broadening access to justice under trade and investment treaties.  

Before joining the Graduate Institute, Pauwelyn was a tenured professor at Duke Law School. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford and Harvard law schools and also taught at Neuchâtel, Columbia University and New York University. He served as legal officer at the WTO from 1996 to 2002 and practiced law at a major Brussels law firm. 

Pauwelyn received degrees from the Universities of Namur and Leuven, Belgium, as well as Oxford University; he also holds a doctorate from the University of Neuchâtel. 

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