Alan Wolff

Senior Counsel, Dentons; Chairman, National Foreign Trade Council

Senior Counsel and member of the International Trade Practice, Dentons; Chairman of the Board, National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy; Member of the Advisory Committee, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Science Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) Board of National Academies, and Board of the U.S.-China Legal Cooperation Fund; Chair of the Committee on Comparative Innovation Policy, National Academies’ STEP Board. Former: Member, State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP); Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations and General Counsel for Trade Negotiations, U.S. Government. Recognized in: Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers and Chambers Global for International Trade; Best Lawyers in America 2009-2011, International Trade and Finance Law.

Opinion

25 October 2016
The World Trade Organization recently revised downward its 2016 estimate for growth in world trade to 1.7 percent . This new figure represents a 40 percent drop from its April forecast, and the slowest rate since 2007. It is also lowering its growth forecast for 2017. Stock markets are predicted to...
19 September 2016
Americans generally had become bored with Europe. We are fixated with the rise of China. There were tragic events in Europe that shocked the world — the attacks on Paris’ Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan and Brussels’ Zaventem Airport, the Greek debt and mass migration crises. But whether the Europe we...
5 October 2015
Domestic politics often block economic reforms that only international agreements can make possible. The example that has gotten the most public attention during the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations has been agricultural protection in Japan. Prime Minister Abe was elected on a pro-...
14 April 2015
The Obama Administration is taking heat for its refusal to join China’s proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and has now taken the limited step of suggesting that the World Bank work in concert with the new China-led bank. No one doubts the massive need for infrastructure...
27 February 2015
Bob Samuelson has written a great, thought-provoking piece [see The Washington Post , Light bulbs vs. the Internet , 15 February 2015]. The basic conclusion is spot-on: the cornucopia of technology is not apparently creating middle class jobs in the quantities needed, and, to boot, there are new...
31 October 2014
The subject that I have been following the most closely during these last few years in the frenetic international negotiating activities in which the US is currently engaged is the extent to which state-owned enterprises (SOEs) will be subject to international trading rules when they engage in...