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John Magnus

John Magnus has been an active trade practitioner for over 17 years.  He has served as external counsel to domestic and foreign firms and industry coalitions in a variety of sectors, including steel, forest products, chemicals, microelectronics, aerospace, textiles/apparel, photographic materials, insurance, beverage alcohol, machine tools, telecommunications, motion pictures and cable television.


John advises and represents clients on multilateral negotiations and WTO disputes; regional and bilateral trade initiatives; U.S. trade legislation and Congressional oversight activities; high-profile market access cases involving goods and services; foreign governments' trade regimes and industrial policy measures; and customs and compliance issues. He also advises foreign governments on their trade regimes and implementation of WTO rules.  John has also developed an antitrust practice, advising clients on domestic and (especially) international antitrust policy and enforcement issues.


John has litigated numerous antidumping, countervailing duty, and other import-related cases before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission, as well as their reviewing courts and bi-national panels. He has also litigated Section 301 market access cases before the Office of U.S. Trade Representative, and helped to defend U.S. measures, and prosecute U.S. complaints, in numerous GATT/WTO dispute settlement proceedings.


He is on the “roster” of trade remedy experts established under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement to review antidumping and countervailing duty determinations by Canada, Mexico and the United States.


John is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law, American University, and teaches “Understanding the American Trade Regime.”  A frequent speaker and writer on international trade, his publications include International Law News, a book chapter in “Key Issues in WTO Dispute Settlement: The First Ten Years” (Cambridge University Press 2005), Journal of World Trade, and Harvard International Review.


He also serves as the ABA Section of International Law Policy/Government Affairs Officer and is a past Chair of the International Trade Law Committee.  He is also a Board Member of the Customs & International Trade Bar Association, and a member of the American Society of International Law; the Bretton Woods Committee; the International Chamber of Commerce; and the Washington International Trade Association.

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  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D.)

  • Stanford University (B.A)

Bar Admissions:

  • California and District of
    Columbia Bars

  • Several U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • U.S. Court of International Trade

  • U.S. Supreme Court

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