Co-Director, Center on Inclusive Trade and Development

Jennifer Hillman HeadshotJennifer Hillman brings a wealth of experience to the role as co-director of the CITD. She began her career working to craft trade legislation while serving on Capitol Hill, saw first-hand both the process and the implications of trade agreements when she negotiated textile and clothing agreements with a wide range of Asian, African, Central and South American countries while serving at USTR, and came to appreciate the opportunities and the limits of trade litigation while overseeing all NAFTA and World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes as USTR’s General Counsel.

Hillman’s work as a Commissioner at the U.S. International Trade Commission gave her deep insights into the trade remedy process and the struggles of U.S. companies, workers and farmers facing significant import competition, along with exposure to a variety of economic assessments of trade policies. Her tenure as a member of the WTO’s Appellate Body left her with a deep appreciation for the WTO and its dispute settlement system along with an equally deep commitment to promoting major reforms to it.

Since leaving Geneva, Hillman has centered her work at Georgetown and the Council on Foreign Relations, concentrating on research, writing and teaching at the cutting edge of trade law, co-authoring a leading textbook on trade law, editing two books on the legal implications of Brexit, writing extensively on the intersection of climate change and trade and prospects for border carbon measures, examining China’s Belt and Road Initiative and U.S.-China trade policy, and contributing to the debate over how best to transform the WTO into an institution that is capable of addressing the 21st century issues of inclusive trade and sustainable development.


  • Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Co-Chair, Center for Climate and Trade, Climate Leadership Council
  • Member, Roster of Panel Chairs, Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CP-TPP)
  • Member, Roster of Panelists for Chapter 31 Dispute Settlement, USMCA
  • Member, Roster of Panelists for Canada-Mexico Rapid Response Labor Panel