Mr David Brightling


Melbourne Law School
Wednesday 11 July
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 920, Level 9

About the seminar

Since taking office President Trump has ushered in a new era of trade policy in the United States in an effort to secure a policy centred on free, fair and reciprocal trade. Commencing with the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, the renegotiation of the North-American Free Trade Agreement and the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement, the Administration has charted a new and often controversial path on trade. A suite of trade remedies investigations have seen safeguards imposed on washing machines and solar panels while reviews under US law have provided the basis for new trade actions, most notably the section 232 national security investigation into imports of steel and aluminium. Meanwhile US-China trade relations have come under intense scrutiny following the section 301 investigation on forced technology transfers and intellectual property theft.

In this lunchtime seminar Mr Brightling discussed US trade policy under President Trump from his first-hand perspective in Washington DC.

About the speaker

David Brightling commenced as Trade Counsellor at the Embassy of Australia in Washington DC in July 2015. Prior to this he was Legal Counsel and Deputy Chief Negotiator on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations and managed Australian Government policy on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and Australia’s bilateral investment treaties.

Prior to 2013 David was Principal Legal Officer at the Attorney-General’s Department Office of International Law, working on FTA negotiations with Malaysia, Japan and Korea as well as providing advice across a range of trade and investment law obligations including telecommunications, environment, intellectual property and foreign investment. David led Australia’s delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) which in 2013 completed negotiations for new rules on transparency in ISDS arbitration. Between 2006 to 2008 David worked as a policy advisor on the WTO Doha Round agriculture negotiations.